Antioch Missionary Baptist Church

The Antioch Missionary Baptist Church outside Blue Mountain was burned on October 30, 1964, a few hours after a rally and voter registration drive for the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party’s “Freedom Vote”at which delegate Fannie Lou Hamer spoke. Civil rights workers planned to use the church as a polling place before it was burned. Worker […]

Alcorn State University

Alcorn State University is a historically black university located near Lorman, Mississippi. Founded in 1871 by the Reconstruction era legislature, the university was the first black land grant college in the United States and provided higher education for freedmen. Medgar Evers, the first NAACP field secretary, graduated from Alcorn State University in 1948. In addition, the […]

A.M. Strange Library

The A.M. Strange was a library opened solely to African Americans because they were not welcome at the Lee County Public Library. The A.M. Strange Library received the white library’s used books and was vastly inadequate as far as space and materials. Sources: Interview with Vera Dukes and Frances Williams.

Anderson United Methodist Church

This church was once pastored by the Rev. R. L. T. Smith. During the 1960s, the building was the Anderson United Methodist Church, which is now located on Hanging Moss Road. Police reports often tracked NAACP meetings in order to document civil rights activities. Once such report stated that the purpose an NAACP meeting that […]