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

We Honor These 15 Brave Men Who Filed The Voting Rights Case

Real Stories of the Civil Rights Movement


— 1950 - 1972 —

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We honor these 15 brave men who filed the voting rights case:
Rev. Isaac C. Peay - Pastor of Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Mr. Benjamin F. Bourn - Owner of Bourn Grocery
Mr. Rufus Howze - Owner of Whitney's Grocery & Williams Cleaners
Mr. Ratio Jones - Educator/Teacher at Eureka School
Dr. Charles W. Smith - Physician
Rev. Johnnie H. Mayes - Pastor of Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church
Rev. Charlemagne P. Payne - Pastor of St. Paul Methodist Church
Dr. Theodore J. Fykes - Dentist
Mr. Joe Knox, Sr. - Retired/Farmer
Mr. Milton Barnes, Sr. - Owner of Barnes Cleaners & The High Hat Club
Mr. Alfonso Clark - Owner of Clark Funeral Home
Mr. Barry L. Neal - Retired Military Officer
Dr. E. Hammond Smith - Pharmacist and owner of Smith Drug Store

We honor the southern white attorney who represented the 15 African-American men:
Former Chancery Court Judge T. Price Dale

We honor the appeal bond sureties:
Mr. Frank Williams - Owner of Williams' Grocery
Mr. Paul J. Weston - Relator & Owner of OK Cleaners
Mr. McKinley W. Jones - Railroad
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Dr. L.A. Nash - Dentist
Erected 2020 by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil Rights.
Location. 31° 20.032′ N, 89° 17.406′ W. Marker is in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, in Forrest County. Marker is on Mobile Street north of East 5th Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 508 Mobile St, Hattiesburg MS 39401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eureka School (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roots of Rock and Roll (about 400 feet away); East 6th Street USO Club (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Paul Methodist Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Pittman Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Hattiesburg High School (approx. 0.4 miles away); McLeod House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Forrest County Confederate Monument (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hattiesburg.
Also see . . .  15 men stood up for voting rights in Mississippi. Now they will be honored 70 years later. Article on the Hattiesburg American site, dated October 1, 2020. (Submitted on December 4, 2020.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 4, 2020. This page has been viewed 36 times since then and 3 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on December 4, 2020.
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