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News Releases & Announcements

Reopening Quitman County Rural Access Hospital

November 8,  2021

Quentin Whitwell, CEO Panola Med
P: 662.388.0700


(MARKS, MS) It is miraculous! The local stakeholders and residents of Quitman County are awaiting the highly-anticipated reopening and ribbon cutting ceremony of the county’s rural access hospital, scheduled for November 12, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. (more…)

Quitman County Hospital Returns


September 8, 2021

Quentin Whitwell, CEO Panola Med

Closed Critical Access Hospital in Marks, MS Slated to Reopen

(MARKS, MS) – The hospital in Quitman County closed on October 31, 2016, as the county’s largest employer with 99 people. Without healthcare, despondency has grown with in the unemployed. Current acute healthcare situations have worsened due to the length of time it takes to receive critical medical and healthcare services in neighboring counties, which is at minimum a 30-minute drive. (more…)

Nationwide Civil Rights Education Delegation Visits Marks

January 8th, 2019
By Velma Benson-Wilson, Quitman County Administrator and Kevin Dayhoff, former Mayor of Westminster MD.

Civil Rights Tour Article 2019 PDF

Marks, Miss. – On January 4, 2019, a nationwide delegation visited Marks, Miss. The 51-member delegation, from as far away as New England, Chicago, Connecticut, Seattle, Baltimore, and Westminster, MD. were part of an educational tour of historic civil rights sites in Atlanta, GA., Tuskegee, AL, Montgomery, AL, Ruleville, MS, and Birmingham, AL. (more…)

Interior and National Park Service Grants

Interior and National Park Service Announces $12.6 Million in Grants
to Preserve African American Civil Rights History

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Park Service today announced $12.6 million in grants for 51 projects in 24 states that preserve sites and highlight stories related to the African American struggle for equality in the 20th century.

The Marks Mule Train and MLK’s Poor People’s Campaign Interpretive Trail received $50,000.

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50th Mule Train Anniversary Event

Quitman County to Celebrate 50th Anniversary
of Mule Train March With “Rebuild the Dream” Symposium

(MARKS, MS) – In 1968 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., walked and marched down Highway 3 in Marks, Mississippi. Few would have imagined then that decades later the same main thoroughfare would bear his name. (more…)

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.