Tougaloo in Hinds County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
— Mississippi Freedom Trail —
The courage of Tougaloo College students, faculty, and staff fueled the Jackson Civil Rights Movement. Inspired by the bravery and resolve of Medgar Evers, students and faculty attempted to integrate Jackson's main public library, restaurants, and churches. In demonstrations and sit-ins, they suffered insults, beatings, and jailings. A private institution, Tougaloo was not governed by racist state policies but did risk the revocation of its charter as it became Mississippi's safe haven for activists fighting for dignity, equality, and justice.
Tougaloo College After World War II racial segregation was boldly challenged in Mississippi. Tougaloo College teachers, staff, students, and alumni led the way for voting rights, equal pay, and public access for all. By the 1960s, NAACP youth council chapters had become active, encouraged by Mississippi field secretary Medgar Evers. In March 1961, nine youth council members from Tougaloo attempted to use the Jackson Public Library's whites-only main branch. They were arrested on breach of peace and jailed. When the "Tougaloo Nine" arrived for trial,
The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) organized supporters on the Tougaloo campus, many of whom would spearhead major civil rights initiatives. Picketing and boycotting downtown Jackson businesses often included Tougaloo participants in pivotal roles. In May 1963, students faculty, and staff led the sit-in at the Woolworth's lunch counter and were attacked by an angry mob. Since blacks were barred from attending cultural events at public venues in Jackson, Tougaloo campaigned to dissuade celebrities from appearing in segregated facilities, and many cancelled their shows. Entertainers like folk singer Joan Baez came to Mississippi to support the movement, and many appeared at Tougaloo.
Segregationist spies noted car tags of
Erected 2013 by the Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Division. (Marker Number 13.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Education. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓, and the Mississippi Freedom Trail series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1961.
Location. Marker is unreadable. 32° 24.239′ N, 90° 9.588′ W. Marker is in Tougaloo, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker can be reached from Berkshire Drive north of Tougaloo Boulevard. Located on the southeast side of the Woodworth Chapel. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6550 Tougaloo Boulevard, Tougaloo MS 39174, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers Choctaw Agency (approx. 1.9 miles away); Old Agency Road (approx. 2 miles away); Ridgeland (approx. 2.3 miles away); a different marker also named Old Agency Road (approx. 2.6 miles away); Bombings in Jewish Community (approx. 2.8 miles away); G.I. Subdivision (approx. 3.2 miles away); Old Trace (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Escape Proof Jail of West, MS (approx. 4.7 miles away).
More about this marker. The condition of the rear of this marker has been reported to "Mississippi Tourism" (State of Mississippi) which is awaiting funding.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 31, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 31, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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