Monument’s one-year mark celebrated

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – The one-year anniversary celebration of the Civil Rights Monument that sits on the Lee County Courthouse lawn didn’t have nearly the turnout as it did when the monument was unveiled a year ago.
About 40 people showed up for the event, a big decline from the 400 people in attendance a year ago. James Hull, Coalition 4 Change member and the man who spearheaded the raising of the monument, said he was glad to see people honor the anniversary of the monument, but was disappointed that so many seem to have forgotten what it stands for.
“My observation is that a year ago we had hundreds of people on hand to celebrate the monument, but today we have about 40,” said Hull. “How soon we forget. That symbolizes the civil rights movement. That monument is there for a reason and we want people to remember why.”
James Hickson was there when the monument was unveiled March 30, 2009, and came to Tupelo on Saturday. The 62-year-old man made the trip from Aberdeen for the event.
“This is a part of our history and it symbolizes the men and women who fought to make our present and future possible,” said Hickson. “I wanted to be here today just like I was last year to see the continued progress, and even though there aren’t many people here like last year, it’s progress all the same.”

Contact Danza Johnson at (662) 678-1583 or danza.johnson@djournal.com.