History books do not mention the city of Laurel among the last stops Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., made before his assassination in Memphis on April 4, 1968. But on May 3, 2009 the historic stop at Laurel’s St. Paul United Methodist Church was commemorated with the unveiling of a historic marker placed on the church’s front lawn.
“This is a wonderful day,” said Estelle Christian, who was given the honor of unveiling the marker. “My dream is finally realized. People can drive by and see this and know he was here. It’s just wonderful.”
“We thank you for coming,” the Rev. Bobby E. Dailey told the crowd. “We want this to be the beginning of something here in Jones County, a marker of the spirit of a prophetic preacher... Let’s live in the dream that what we are doing here will serve as a lighting of fire for justice and freedom.”