Fannie Lou Hamer
Voting and Civil Rights Pioneer
1962 Joined the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). And became a field secretary.
1963 Severely beaten while in Winona, Mississippi when she and other civil rights workers were returning from a SCLC citizenship training conference.
Became one of first black persons to register
to vote in Sunflower County.
Ran for Congress in the Second Congressional District.
1964 A founding member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP), and led the MFDP challenge before the National Democratic Party credentials committee in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
1968 Founder of the Freedom Farms Corporation (FFC).
1970 Founder of the Fannie Lou Hamer Day Care Center Ruleville. MS.
1971 Became a member of the policy council of the National Council Of Negro Women, Inc. And a member of the Women's Political Caucus.
1974 She was named to the board of trustees
of the Martin Luther King Center for
Nonviolent Social Change.
Erected by Citizens of Ruleville.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
Location. 33° 44.018′ N, 90° 32.417′ W. Marker is in Ruleville, Mississippi, in Sunflower County. Marker is on Byron Street east of Bishop Smith Carter Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 929 Byron St, Ruleville MS 38771, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Fannie Lou Hamer (here, next to this marker); William Chapel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ruleville Depot (approx. 0.8 miles away); Jimmy Rogers (approx. 0.9 miles away); "Greasy Street" (approx. 0.9 miles away); Birthplace of the Blues? (approx. 4.4 miles away); Dockery Plantation (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Staple Singers (approx. 5.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ruleville.
Also see . . . Wikipedia article on Fannie Lou Hamer. (Submitted on June 1, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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