JACKSON, Miss. — Officials say the latest Mississippi Freedom Trail marker will be unveiled Wednesday at Jackson State University, where an umbrella group for civil rights organizations met from 1963 to 1965.
The Council of Federated Organizations’ office served as the main office for the Mississippi Movement during those years.
The university renovated and re-opened its building in 2011 as a civil rights education center called the Fannie Lou Hamer Institute.
The Mississippi Development Authority and Visit Jackson say guests will include the council’s founding director, Bob Moses; university President Carolyn Meyers; and Gov. Phil Bryant.
The trail is a series of historical markers honoring people and places of the civil rights movement.
There are many around the state. This will be the seventh in Jackson and the second at Jackson State University.
The other marker at Jackson State honors students who were killed and injured in 1970 when Jackson police and Mississippi Highway Patrol “suppressed student unrest with intense gunfire.” The students were protesting harassment by white people driving through campus.