Former Pearl Street A.M.E. Church

The Pearl Street A.M.E. Church was one of twenty local churches where nightly meetings were held to support the boycott of downtown merchants. The pastor, Rev. G.R. Haughton, was a popular speaker at protest meetings. After one such meeting in 1963, a list of fair employment and desegregation demands was sent to Mayor Thompson before the May 23 sit-in at Woolworth’s.

The night after Medgar Evers was assassinated, a mass meeting, with Mrs. Medgar Evers as a scheduled speaker, was to be held at the Pearl Street Church. The day after the assassination, fourteen members marched from this church toward Capitol Street, and all were 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).