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 Cleveland Sellers noted that the burning was a “deliberate response to successful campaigning in the area.”A group of students and professors from Oberlin College assisted church members in rebuilding the church in late December of 1964, working with the Council of Federated Organizations. Civil rights leader Annie Devine spoke at a rally of 200 in the rebuilt church on December 31, 1964. The church is located on County Road 700.
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