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Laurel in Jones County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Dr. King Visits Laurel

 
 
Dr. King Visits Laurel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 2, 2017
1. Dr. King Visits Laurel Marker
Inscription. On March 19, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke here at St. Paul Methodist Church to rally support for the Poor People's March on Washington against economic injustice. King told the overflow audience that the marchers were going to the Washington to demand improvement in the lives of poor people. This was among Dr. King's last stops in Mississippi, before his assassination in Memphis on April 4. The Poor People's March continued after his death, reaching Washington on May 12.
 
Erected 2009 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program marker series.
 
Location. 31° 41.151′ N, 89° 7.918′ W. Marker is in Laurel, Mississippi, in Jones County. Marker is on Jefferson Street west of South 4th Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 517 Jefferson Street, Laurel MS 39440, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jones County Blues (approx. half a mile away); Masonite Corporation (approx. half a mile away); Hotel Pinehurst (approx. half a mile
Marker in front of the St. Paul United Methodist Church image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 2, 2017
2. Marker in front of the St. Paul United Methodist Church
away); Laurel City Hall (approx. half a mile away); Oak Park School (approx. one mile away); Ralph Boston (approx. 1.6 miles away); Amos Deason Home (approx. 6 miles away); Newt Knight: Robin Hood or Renegade? / The Amos Deason Home (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Laurel.
 
Also see . . .  Historic marker commemorates visit by King. The Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church. (Submitted on December 3, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansChurches & ReligionCivil Rights
 
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1964) image. Click for full size.
By Public domain (US-PD)
3. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1964)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 3, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 3, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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