Journey to Shubuta postponed

12/2/2008

Journey Toward the Light's final trip of 2008, scheduled for Thurday, Jan. 11, to Shubuta has been postponed due to the threat of inclement weather.

The event has been rescheduled for Jan. 22.

Journey to Toward the Light is a series of visits to sites relating to the struggle for civil rights.

 Much of the discussion at the Shubuta event will center on a railroad bridge in the small, Clarke County  community known as the “Hanging Bridge.” The bridge over the Chickasawhay River was the site six lynching deaths in two incidents. On Dec. 20, 1918, six African Americans were hanged from the bridge. They included Andrew Clark, 15; Major Clark, 20; Maggie Howe, 20, and Alma Howze, 16. The four were taken from the jail at Shubuta and lynched after being arrested on suspicion of murdering Dr. E.L. Johnston, a dentist.

Some 24 years later, Charlie Lang and Ernest Green, both 14, were removed from the Quitman jail and hanged. News reports from the time say they had confessed to the attempted rape of a 13-year-old white girl.

The Journey Toward the Light series is sponsored by the Mississippi Conference Commission on Religion and Race. For information, call the Rev. Fitzgerald Lovett at 601-354-0515.