Marking the Mule Train Workshop

Marking the Mule Train Flyer

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On February 27, 2016, Quitman County held a workshop to interpret and commemorate the “Mule Train”, Marks’ contribution to the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968.

The workshop, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and organized by Mississippi State University’s Carl Small Town Center and Department of History, featured interactive centers and exhibits on the Mule Train and Marks.

The goal of the workshop was for the community to tell the MSU team what they wanted to see happen in Marks to mark the Mule Train.

View our Photo Gallery to learn more about this workshop.

 

Marking the Mule Train

mule-train-markerNEA Our Town Planning Grant

Marking the Mule Train:
Placemaking for Marks, MS

This project will consist of a 12 months planning period to develop a comprehensive cultural master plan featuring an interpretive trail and center in Marks, MS. The master plan will highlight and interpret sites of the historic 1968 Poor People’s Campaign “Mule Train.” within Marks. The Mule Train was a wagon train pulled by mules organized by the SCLC starting in Marks, MS and ending in Washington D.C. The protestors joined 3,000 others nationwide at “Resurrection City”, a tent city on the Washington Mall to protest the condition of the poor in the U.S. Marks had been visited twice previously by Dr. Martin Luther King and became a symbol to him of the plight of the poor.

 

Freedom Trail Marker News Release

Visit Mississippi will unveil the 20th marker on the Mississippi Freedom Trail at 12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015 at 1098 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive in Marks, Miss. The marker commemorates the Mule Train/Poor People’s March, inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Read full article: WDAM.com

‘The City’ is coming to Marks

Amtrak service will stop in Delta town as early as spring 2016

The announcement that Amtrak will add a flag stop at Marks in the heart of the Delta is already generating quite a buzz in the Delta and beyond. Marks Mayor Joe Shegog recently did an interview with CNN about the stop in the middle of the Delta for people to hop off to visit Blues Trail sites and other attractions in the area.

Read full article: MS Business Journal