TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- The third marker on the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Heritage Trails Enrichment Program was unveiled today at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church on Green Street in Tupelo.
This is the second marker on the Civil Rights and African American Heritage trail.
“The Heritage Trails Enrichment Program was created to preserve important pieces of Tupelo’s history for posterity. This marker represents a place of worship for African Americans in our community, while also playing an integral role in the struggle for civil rights.” said Neal McCoy, Executive Director of the Tupelo Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Springhill Missionary Baptist Church is the oldest African-American church in Tupelo.
During the Civil Rights era, the church opened its doors to groups like the United League, Freedom Marchers, NAACP, Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), and area citizens.
Historic marches began at Springhill Missionary Baptist Church.
Three markers have now been placed as part of the first phase of the Heritage Trails Enrichment Program.
A total of 10 markers will be unveiled during the year as part of this program that was created to identify and interpret historical Chickasaw, Civil Rights & African American Heritage, and Civil War sites in Tupelo and Lee County.