Former YWCA

In the 1960s, this building was the Jackson headquarters for the YWCA. Though the national YWCA was a progressive institution, facilities at the headquarters in Jackson were available to whites only. However, Mrs. Barbara Barnes, director of the Y’s main office, and Mrs. Lillie Bell Jones, director of the Marino Jones Brach YWCA for African Americans, were gradually able to integrate the YWCA in Jackson. Dr. Cleopatra Thompson became the Y’s first African American board member in 1967, and Mrs. Gwendolyn Loper, also an African American, was elected president of the board in 1974.

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“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).