Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church / A Strong Voice in the Civil Rights Struggle in Tupelo Historical

Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church / A Strong Voice in the Civil Rights Struggle in Tupelo Historical (HM1XWK)

Location: Tupelo, MS 38804 Lee County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 16.084', W 88° 42.454'

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Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church

Established approximately during the 1850s, Spring Hill Missionary
Baptist Church is the oldest African-American Church in Tupelo, The
original sanctuary, still standing today, was completed in 1921 and is one
of the oldest surviving church buildings in Tupelo, having survived the
devastating tornado of 1936. As Journalist Terry Marsh wrote in 2008,
The Black Church, established because of the necessity to create a
place of worship separate from whites, became significant as an
organized body where opposition concerning the treatment of its
congregations could be voiced, It progressed from a place of spiritual
healing, to one of social and political awareness, creating a litany of
protests advocating rights afforded by the U.S, Constitution." Spring Hill
Missionary Baptist Church has been that place of worship for many years
and has also been an advocate for the rights of both its congregation and
the African-American community.

A Strong Voice in the Civil Rights Struggle in Tupelo

During the Civil Rights era, under the leadership of the Reverend E. Page, Spring Hill Missionary Baptist Church served as a voice for the struggle of this areas African-Americans. The church opened its doors for meetings
of the United League, Freedom Marchers, NAACP, Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), and area citizens. This allowed those groups to voice their dissatisfaction with voter registration, segregation of schools, local facilities and stores, police brutality, unfair hiring throughout the city and all practices that were denied to African-Americans simply because of the color of their skin. Civil Rights marches in 1976 and 1979 began at this historic site, Gathering at the church, 300 - 400 demonstrators joined in song and prayer before they began these marches down Green Street to Downtown Tupelo.
Year Placed2013
Placed ByThe Tupelo Convention and Visitors Bureau
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, April 16th, 2017 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 342798 N 3793198
Decimal Degrees34.26806667, -88.70756667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 16.084', W 88° 42.454'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 16' 5.04" N, 88° 42' 27.24" W
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Area Code(s)662
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 589 N Green St, Tupelo MS 38804, US
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