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Hattiesburg in Forrest County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)

"The Civil Rights Church"

"The Civil Rights Church" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, June 5, 2018
1. "The Civil Rights Church" Marker
On this site stood the old Mount Zion Baptist Church, demolished in 1993. Known locally as "The Cvil Rights Church", the church hosted a "Freedom School” in 1964 and many mass meetings during the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke here on March 19, 1968, two weeks prior to his assassination in Memphis.
Erected 1999 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionCivil Rights. In addition, it is included in the Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is March 19, 1968.
Location. 31° 18.818′ N, 89° 17.5′ W. Marker is in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in Forrest County. Marker is at the intersection of Spencer Street and Milton Barnes Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Spencer Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 905 Spencer Street, Hattiesburg MS 39401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this
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marker, measured as the crow flies. Hattiesburg (approx. ¾ mile away); William Harris Hardy (approx. 0.8 miles away); Old Federal Building (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named William Harris Hardy (approx. 0.9 miles away); Forrest County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.9 miles away); Veterans of All Wars Monument (approx. one mile away); McLeod House (approx. one mile away); Pittman Park (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hattiesburg.
"The Civil Rights Church" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, June 5, 2018
2. "The Civil Rights Church" Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on September 24, 2022. It was originally submitted on June 8, 2018, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 8, 2018.

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