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Civil Rights Weekend in Lowndes postponed until later date

Organizers have announced that the 2020 Civil Rights Weekend slated for late April is being postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

In an email sent late last week, The Lowndes County Friends of the Civil Rights Movement made the announcement that due to concerns of the virus spread the weekend, which was scheduled to begin on Friday, April 24 and run through Sunday, April 26 was being postponed.

“We hope to have it later in the year,” the email stated.

Events on tap for the weekend included:

  • An Old Fashioned Mass Meeting at Wrights Chapel AME Church located at 2093 U.S. 80 in Lowndesboro. The guest speaker will be Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr., Civil Rights Activist & Organizer. Dr. Lafayette’s appearance is sponsored by the National Park Service.
  • Guided Tours of the Historic Civil Rights Sites of Lowndes County. Start and return, Lowndes County Courthouse, located at 1 S. Washington St., in Hayneville. Arrive at 8:45 a.m. to board bus.
  • The tour was set to visit the following sites, Lowndes County Courthouse, Jonathan Daniels (Cash’s Store & Memorial), Old Jail, First Baptist Church, Hayneville, The Calhoun School, Ramah Church, Macedonia Church & Hopewell Church at Snow Hill Christian Church

Other events included:

  • A Living Legends & Foot Soldiers Salute Reception, First Missionary Baptist Church in White Hall, Activity Center located at 546 Oak Dr. Special musician guest will be Lee B. Walker Jr. & Elevation and on Sunday dedication and Unveiling Services of Historic Marker honoring Lynch Victim, Mr. Theo Calloway at the Lowndes County Courthouse, Main Courtroom located at 1 S. Washington St. in Hayneville.

Rescheduling of the events will be announced at a later date as more is known about the spread of the coronavirus.