Jackson in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
—Mississippi Freedom Trail —
On June 26, 1966, James Meredith's "March Against Fear" — led by Stokely Carmichael. Martin Luther King, Jr., Floyd McKissick, and others after Meredith was shot and wounded — ended its three-week trek from Memphis with a rally at the State Capitol. The crowd was estimated at 15,000, the largest civil rights demonstration in Mississippi history. Stirring speeches were delivered by King, Carmichael, McKissick, the wounded Meredith, and others. The March Against Fear — that brought together all the major civil rights figures and organizations and introduced into the movement the new urgency and energy of Black Power — ended that afternoon on a high point of black pride and solidarity.
The Capitol Rally When James Meredith was shot and wounded in Hernando, Mississippi, on the second day of his “March Against Fear,” major civil rights leaders gathered to continue the march. Large rallies were held along the way, during some of which marchers suffered attacks of violence; — in Greenwood, Philadephia, and Canton. When the rallies were widely covered in the national news, activists from across the country came to join the march on its last leg into Jackson. The marchers stopped at Tougaloo College, a historically black college, before entering
The next day, June 26, marchers entered Jackson from several different streams, an estimated 15,000 strong, the largest civil rights demonstration in Mississippi history, led by movement luminaries—SNCC's Stokely Carmichael, SCLC's Martin Luther King, Jr. with his wife Coretta, CORE director Floyd McKissick, and James Meredith—as well as hundreds of dedicated veterans. They were welcomed by some, jeered at and threatened by others. At about 4:00 p.m., the marchers amassed at the back of the Capitol, as arranged by state officials—not the front—to hear speeches and join in freedom songs.
For about two hours the crowd heard speeches including Lawrence Guyot, Owen Brooks, Alvin Poussaint, Carmichael, McKissick, and King. SCLC minister Andrew Young was the rally's emcee throughout the afternoon. Speaker James Meredith was the crowd's favorite.
Students were prominent participants in both the 1965 Freedom Democratic Party-led protest at the Mississippi Capitol and the 1966 James Meredith March Against Fear. The protest at the Capitol in June-July 1965 was directed against the Mississippi Legislature. The state's legislators were in special
Erected 2015 by the Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Division. (Marker Number 19.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Freedom Trail marker series.
Location. 32° 18.284′ N, 90° 10.89′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker is on High Street 0.1 miles east of North West Street, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 High Street, Jackson MS 39201, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U.S.S. Mississippi (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Monument to Women of the Confederacy (about Greenwood Cemetery (about 700 feet away); Carter Jewelers (approx. 0.2 miles away); Smith Robertson School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Greyhound Bus Station (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Eagle and Bowman Hotels (approx. 0.3 miles away); Mississippi's Old Capitol (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Jackson.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the March Against Fear. (Submitted on October 19, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Civil Rights •
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