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Meridian in Lauderdale County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Impact of Churches

Meridian Civil Rights Trail

 
 
The Impact of Churches Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 3, 2017
1. The Impact of Churches Marker
Inscription.  Churches were the heart and soul of the Civil Rights movement. New Hope Missionary Baptist, founded in 1868, was Meridian's first black Baptist church. St. Paul United Methodist, founded in 1866, donated land for the Carnegie Branch Library, the only library for blacks built with an original Carnegie grant.
 
Erected 2014 by the Meridian/Lauderdale County Tourism Bureau. (Marker Number 12.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionCivil Rights. In addition, it is included in the Meridian, Mississippi Civil Rights Trail series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1868.
 
Location. 32° 22.193′ N, 88° 42.324′ W. Marker is in Meridian, Mississippi, in Lauderdale County. Marker is at the intersection of 13th Street and 27th Avenue, on the right when traveling west on 13th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2705 13th Street, Meridian MS 39301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carnegie Branch Library for Blacks (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Whitfield "Big Central" High School
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(about 500 feet away); Wechsler School (approx. ¼ mile away); East Mississippi Female College (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Wechsler School (approx. ¼ mile away); Dial House Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Freedom School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Merrehope (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Meridian.
 
St. Paul United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 3, 2017
2. St. Paul United Methodist Church
The Impact of Churches marker at intersection of 13th Street and 27th Avenue. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 3, 2017
3. The Impact of Churches marker at intersection of 13th Street and 27th Avenue.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 5, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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