Collins Funeral Home

In 1961, Mrs. Clarie Collins Harvey, owner of Collins Funeral Home, organized Woman Power Unlimited, along with other charter members Dr. Jessie Mosley and Mrs. A.M.E. Logan. Woman Power ministered to the needs of Freedom Riders, sending food, clothes, linens, and reading materials to them in jail and renting houses in which they could stay after their release.

After Medgar Evers’ funeral service at the Masonic Temple on Lynch Street, some 4,000 mourners marched from the temple to Collins Funeral Home, where Evers’ body was prepared for burial at Arlington National Cemetary. From the funeral home, some of the mourners headed toward Capitol Street singing freedom songs.

When the crowd neared Capitol Street they were met by policeman carrying billy clubs and accompanied by dogs. Some marchers responded by throwing bricks, bottles, rocks, and other debris. David Dennis of the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE), Gloster Current of the NAACP, and Justice Department Lawyer John Doar finally persuaded the crowd to disperse, but not before Tougaloo professor John Salter and chaplain Ed King had been beaten and jailed. Dorie Ladner of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and a dozen other Jacksonians were also arrested.

Sources:

“Civil Rights Driving Tour of Hinds County”produced by the Associated Press, Tougaloo College, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the Mississippi Development Authority (Tourism Division).