Rose Street

Several houses along this portion of Rose Street were rented to members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), and Woman Power Unlimited. James Bevel and other visitors stayed in this area while they participated in movement activities and Woman Power Unlimited used their house as a refuge for civil rights workers. These houses were all within convenient walking distance of civil rights offices on J.R. Lynch Street.

On June 13, 1963, as many as 200 persons marched down Rose Street toward Capitol Street in response to Medgar Evers’ murder. Police in several cars arrived to arrest the demonstrators, jerking American flags from their hands and shoving them into police wagons. When onlookers shouted encouragement to the marchers from houses along Rose Street, a police captain used his bullhorn to order people to disperse, and police charged into private yards with their nightsticks. At one point, John Salter was clubbed unconscious and arrested. Other people in the neighborhood were beaten, and several arrests were made before the marchers finally dispersed.

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).