Home of Fannie Lou Hamer

In 1969, the Hamers moved to this location. The lot was purchased by Charles McLaurin and Joe Harris (manager of the Freedom Farm, an agricultural cooperative launched by Mrs. Hamer). The Freedom Farm organization purchased the lot, but the small, two-bedroom shotgun house that was moved to the site was purchased elsewhere by Mrs. Hamer. The original structure is the portion of the current house that is farthest from the garage. Several additions were made, and eventually the entire structure was given a brick exterior.

During her time in this home, Mrs. Hamer was seated as a delegate at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. She was active in running the Freedom Farm, continued to organize boycotts and file civil rights lawsuits, and ran unsuccessfully for the Mississippi State Senate. An attempt to fire-bomb the home was made on January 28, 1971. An FBI investigation followed, but no one was ever prosecuted for the attack. Mrs. Hamer’s Civil Rights work continued, undeterred.

Fannie Lou and Perry “Pap”Hamer lived here until their deaths in 1977 and 1992, respectively. The home is still owned by several of her relatives.
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Continue east on Fannie Lou Hamer Drive to the intesection with Center Avenue. Turn left onto Center. Cross Quiver Street/State Highway 8, and proceed two blocks to Elisha and Everett Langdon Street. Turn right; the final stop on the tour is near the end of the road on the left side.

Sources:

“Ruleville Civil Rights Driving Tour”