Cotton Street Neighborhood
Sims and Cotton Streets
This area is where Dr. King visited an impoverished family, getting to their home by boat since the road was under water. He was overcome with emotion and wept after seeing the conditions in which the family lived, and many say this began his transformation into a warrior on poverty after realizing that the father worked hard all day, and it still wasn’t enough to provide the basics for his family.
Eudora AME Zion Church
Valley Queen Missionary Baptist Church
404 Humphrey Avenue
Dr. Martin Luther King is shown conducting a memorial services for Armistead Phipps at the Valley Queen Baptist Church in Marks on Sunday, June 12, 1966.
Phipps died while taking part in the James Meredith March that Dr. King was leading as it went through Senatobia. King apologized to those gathered for not wearing a tie while in the pulpit, but he had come to the area to lead marches and not funerals. (AP Photo)
Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church
Illinois Central Coaling Tower
640 Cutter Avenue
In the heyday of rail traffic, locomotives were steam powered and fueled by way of structures such as this coaling tower in Lambert.
The original one built in the 1800s was made of wood, but this concrete structure was built in the early 1900s and served its purpose until the mid-twentieth century when the fuel of choice became diesel. Because of the high cost of demolition, a few of these iconic towers remain in place and are often sought out by rail fans for photo opportunities.
Quitman County Courthouse
400 Humphrey Avenue
Marks’ Old African American High School is one of the few remaining Rosenwald Schools in Mississippi. This school building is also one of the oldest historic properties left standing in the African American community.
The Julius Rosenwald Foundation constructed the building in 1922, and it has served the African American community for over 90 plus years providing educational and enrichment opportunities for ten of thousands of students and their families. It represents a symbol of inspiration, hope, and pride to the community at large.
The restoration of this building will help preserve a “gem” of Quitman County’s history that was designated as a Mississippi Landmark in July 2015. The preservation of this school will be a tribute to Julius Rosenwald for his investment to the betterment of mankind. He built over 5,000 schools for black students in the Jim Crow South era. Julius Rosenwald was a 20th-century Jewish philanthropist who made his fortune by co-founding the department store we refer to as Sears.