“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Lisbon in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)

Friendship CME Church

Friendship CME Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Wesley Harris, July 9, 2020
1. Friendship CME Church Marker
Inscription.  From 1965-1937, the Friendship CME Church served as the house of worship in Claiborne Parish where the Claiborne Parish Civic League (CLPL), a local activist organization, met and organized plans to bring fair and just changes throughout the parish and North Louisiana. The push for voter registration was a primary focus of the Claiborne Parish Civic League. Mr. Fred Lewis, CPCL President, led in bringing about an action in United States District Court in Shreveport challenging the constitutionality of the apportionment of the Claiborne Parish Police Jury and the Claiborne Parish School Board, which would affect an unfavorable voting outcome of an election. The court declared that the police jury and school board of Claiborne Parish were malapportioned in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. This decree resulted in less intimidating and more equitable voting experiences for African-Americans throughout the parish. Soon thereafter, African-Americans were being elected to local offices and being appointed to serve in capacities that were previously off-limits to them.
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Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionCivil Rights. In addition, it is included in the Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1965.
Location. 32° 51.325′ N, 92° 52.612′ W. Marker is near Lisbon, Louisiana, in Claiborne Parish. Marker is on Friendship Road just west of Wright Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1526 Friendship Rd, Homer LA 71040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sheriff Pat Garrett (approx. 4.6 miles away); T. H. Harris (approx. 6.2 miles away); Arizona Academy Site (approx. 6.6 miles away); Cane Ridge / James W. Nicholson (approx. 7.8 miles away); Scottsville / Corney Bayou (approx. 8.7 miles away); Alabama Methodist Church (approx. 8.8 miles away); White Lightning (approx. 10.2 miles away); Claiborne Parish Court House (approx. 11.2 miles away).
Friendship CME Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Wesley Harris, July 9, 2020
2. Friendship CME Church Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on August 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 23, 2021, by Wesley Harris of Ruston, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 23, 2021, by Wesley Harris of Ruston, Louisiana.   2. submitted on August 24, 2021, by Wesley Harris of Ruston, Louisiana. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.
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