Medgar Evers led the first attempt to integrate First Baptist Church in 1963. It was not until 1973 that Rev. R.L.T. Smith and Rev. Emmett Burns became the first African Americans to worship here. Lawrence Manguary became its first African American member in 1976.
“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).