Portion of highway named to honor civil rights author, lunch counter sit-in participant

Published 10:04 am Monday, February 11, 2019

A segment of highway is being named for a civil rights activist who wrote the memoir, “Coming of Age in Mississippi.”

Legislators voted in 2018 to name part of Mississippi 24 as the Anne Moody Memorial Highway.

The segment runs from Woodville to Centreville, in the southwestern part of the state.

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A dedication ceremony is set for Feb. 20 in Centreville, where Moody grew up. One of the speakers will be her brother, the Rev. Fred Moody Jr.

Anne Moody was born in 1940. As a Tougaloo College student, she participated in a sit-in that challenged segregation at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Jackson in 1963. The sit-in was captured by a news photographer and the image of the participants covered with food and condiments was published around the world.

Moody also participated in the 1963 March on Washington and the 1964 Voter Registration Project.

Moody was 74 when she died in 2015.