Mississippi Freedom Trail Marker Honors ‘March Against Fear’
Jackson, Mississippi — November 9, 2016 — The Mississippi Freedom Trail will commemorate the 1966 “March Against Fear” with the unveiling of its 24th marker at 2 p.m., November 10. The event will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Thomas Fletcher Lamar Jr. Post 7531 located at 4263 U.S. 51 South in Hernando, Mississippi.
“While James Meredith is most closely associated with the integration of Ole Miss, his role in initiating the ‘March Against Fear’ is another important chapter in Mississippi’s civil rights story,” said Craig Ray, director of Visit Mississippi.
James Meredith began his Memphis-to-Jackson march on June 5, 1966, challenging “the all-pervasive and overriding fear” keeping African-American Mississippians from registering to vote. On the second day, south of Hernando, a man emerged from the roadside and shot Meredith three times, wounding him.
Major civil rights leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr., Stokely Carmichael of the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, Floyd McKissick of the Congress of Racial Equality, Roy Wilkins of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, and Whitney Young of the Urban League converged in Hernando to continue the march to the state capitol.
The Mississippi Freedom Trail was launched in 2011. The trail commemorates the people, places, and events of the civil rights movement. For more information, contact Visit Mississippi’s Tourism Development Bureau Manager Mary Margaret Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601-359-5750, or visit www.visitmississippi.org.