New Mt. Zion M.B. Church

The New Mt. Zion M.B. Church hosted a meeting of the Progressive Voter’s League on May 15, 1956. The pastor, Rev. D. B. Rushing, held the meeting in order to protest the shooting death of Ben Brown. The protest urged African Americans to boycott Delta Mart Shopping Center, Millers Shopping Plaza, any branches of McRae’s or W.T. Grant’s, and other stores on Capitol Street.

Also on the Maple Street intersection was the home of Edna Mae Singleton, who was a plaintiff in the 1963 lawsuit against Jackson public school’s segregation policies. While the suit failed, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals later ruled in 1969 that Jackson public schools must desegregate at all grade levels. Integration of Jackson public schools began in 1970.

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).