North State Street

North State Street was the route used by the “March Against Fear”participants, who went from Tougaloo College to downtown Jackson. Located within the 5000 block of North State Street was the former office of Pulitzer Prize-winning editor Mrs. Hazel Brannon Smith’s progressive weekly newspaper which was bombed in 1964 by KKK night riders. In 1973, Wilson F. “Bill”Minor, a political correspondent for the New Orleans Times-Picayune who resided in Jackson purchased the paper. The paper became The Reporter, the The Capitol Reporter. Its offices were moved to Wesley Avenue, where night riders smashed windows, burned a cross, and shot into the building. Minor’s crusading reporting and his syndicated column have covered minority viewpoints and exposed bigotry and corruption for more than 50 years.

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).