Tupelo in Lee County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
The Dixie Belle Theater / The March of Discontent
—Heritage Trails Enrichment Program —
The rights of African-Americans during Reconstruction were greatly increased, and passage of the Thirteenth, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments to the U. S. Constitution and the Civil Rights Acts of 1875 seemed to promise more gains. However, the Supreme Court's ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896 paved the way for Jim Crow laws, a series of anti-black laws enacted primarily, but not exclusively, in Southern and border states from the late 1800s to the mid-1960s. These laws allowed races to be kept separate with separate schools, hotels, restrooms, parks, libraries, restaurants and theaters. "Whites Only" or "Colored" signs were posted at entrances, exits, waiting rooms and water fountains. Tupelo's 300-seat Dixie Belle Theater located just west of here at 407 Spring Street, operated exclusively for African-Americans from 1950 to 1955 and served an important role in the community. Many an adult and child enjoyed escaping to watch movies of the times. As part of the social center for the black community on Green Street, touring blues, jazz and R&B acts also performed at the Dixie Belle.
In 1964, marching black citizens and Tupelo police confronted each other here, at this property that housed the Royal Crown
Erected 2014 by the Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Location. 34° 15.706′ N, 88° 42.267′ W. Marker is in Tupelo, Mississippi, in Lee County. Marker is at Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 108 West Franklin Street, Tupelo MS 38804, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Younger Cabin / Confederate Headquarters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tupelo Confederate Soldiers Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); First Presbyterian Church (USA) (approx. ¼ mile away); Tupelo Hardware (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tupelo Baptist Church / Kind Treatment for the Wounded (approx. 0.3 miles away); Sit-Ins Led to Civil Rights Act of 1964 / F.W. Woolworth (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Iron Furnace / Front Street (approx. 0.4 miles away); Elvis Presley and Tupelo (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tupelo.
More about this marker. The March of Discontent marker is the fourth Civil Rights and African-American Heritage Trail maker in the Heritage Trails Enrichment Program.
Also see . . . Civil rights marker unveiled on Spring Street. (Submitted on April 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Arts, Letters, Music • Civil Rights •
Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 160 times since then and 60 times this year. Last updated on December 14, 2017. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 16, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.