The Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Park

What happens when historians consider not only the activism but the faith of activists? That is the question I explored at the 2018 Conference on Faith and History. I presented a paper as apart of a panel on the Long Civil Rights Movement. To prepare for the talk I visited the Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Park in her hometown of Ruleville, Mississippi. Below is a photo journey of my visit.


Located in Ruleville, MS the park is tucked away on small street in the middle of town.
The statue of Hamer depicts in the act of speaking or singing–a testament to the physical and symbolic power of her voice.
Inscription on the Fannie Lou Hamer statue.
A closer image of the woman with “a voice that could stir an army.”
William Chapel Missionary Baptist is the church where Hamer first heard about voting rights and volunteered to register.
The historical marker at William Chapel
Fannie Lou Hamer had the full support of her husband Perry “Pap” Hamer. They are buried side-by-side at the memorial park.

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