MLK in Jackson, 1963
Question for Jacksonians–what street is this?
From John Salter’s website: “The first “legal” civil rights march in the history of Mississippi. It was clear we were going to march come Hell, Blood, or Mississippi — and we did: 6,000 of us. (Following Medgar’s murder, I had called Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and asked if he would come to Jackson for the funeral. He agreed immediately and I picked him up, along with his key colleagues, at the Jackson Airport. My head is bandaged from the Rose Street beatings.) We marched over two miles in 102 degree humid heat. Following this march [from the Masonic Temple on Lynch Street to Collins Funeral Home on Farish], we had a huge spontaneous demonstration right on the edges of the downtown business section. There were far, far too many for even the Mississippi police armies to arrest — so they picked out 29 “agitators”, including myself, and arrested us and carried us to the Fairgrounds Concentration Camp.”
For more about Martin Luther King, Jr. in Mississippi:
For more about the “Fairgrounds Concentration Camp,” also called the Fairgrounds Motel:
Categories: African American History, Civil Rights, Jackson