Clarksdale in Coahoma County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Dr. Aaron Henry
American civil rights leader, politician, and
head of the Mississippi branch of the NAACP.
He was one of the founders of the Mississippi
Freedom Democratic Party, which tried to
seat their delegation at the 1964 Democratic
National Convention. As a leader of the NAACP,
Henry participated in virtually every aspect
of the struggle for equality in Mississippi.
While serving as a voice of moderation and an
advocate of racial conciliation, in 1961, he
joined the Freedom Rides to protest
segregation in interstate bus facilities.
During the Freedom Summer of 1964, Henry
served as Chairperson of the Council of
Federated Organizations. Henry was elected
to the National Board of Directors of the
NAACP in 1965 and the Mississippi House of
Representatives in 1982, where he served
until 1996. Henry's former drug store in
downtown Clarksdale became the site of his
campaign headquarters and NAACP office.
Erected by the Clarksdale-Coahoma County
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Civil Rights • Government & Politics. A significant historical year for this entry is 1964.
Location. 34° 11.918′ N, 90° 34.296′ W. Marker is in Clarksdale, Mississippi, in Coahoma County. Marker is at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Ashton Alley, on the right when traveling west on Martin Luther King Boulevard. Mounted into the sidewalk next to the Aaron Henry Mississippi Freedom Trail marker. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 213 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Clarksdale MS 38614, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Aaron Henry (here, next to this marker); The New World (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sam Cooke (about 300 feet away); First Baptist M.B. Church (about 400 feet away); Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival (about 800 feet away); Delta Blues Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Big Jack Johnson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wade Walton (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarksdale.
More about this marker. Plaque is part of the Clarksdale Walk of Fame.
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on Aaron Henry. (Submitted on November 8, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Aaron Henry: A Civil Rights Leader of the 20th Century. (Submitted on November 8, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 8, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 8, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on April 8, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 8, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.