Thursday, June 18th Mississippi Main Street Association recognized the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors and Belinda Stewart Architects, PA for their work restoring the Amzie Moore Home in Cleveland, Mississippi and recognized it as “The Best Cultural Heritage Tourism” Project.
Amzie Moore was a leader “a civil rights giant” in the civil rights movement in Mississippi. After serving in World War II, he co-founded the Regional Council of Negro Leadership, helped organize the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Mississippi, and was the first president of the Cleveland NAACP. His home was used as a “revolving dormitory” and “safe house” for activists during the movement’s voter-registration drives in the 1960’s. His many guests included Fannie Lou Hamer, Medger Evers, Dr. Martin Luther King, Andrew Young, John Lewis, Thurgood Marshall, and Rev. Jesse Jackson.
The project was funded in part by a Grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.