Honoring a Hero
Unveiling and Renaming of Highway 49 Belzoni,MS
On June 15, 2012, Helen Sims, Co-Founder of the Rev. George Lee Museum of History and Heritage, hosted the official unveiling and recognition of Rev. George Lee and the Rev. George W. Lee Memorial Hwy. The program was opened with prayer and followed by song by Rev. Pastor Maurice Allen, followed by the occasion by Rep. Banks, followed by words of thank you from Rep. Clark. The House Bill 1139 was read by Rep. Straughter, followed by Mrs. Baker who read off a list of some of the first few African Americans who were the first to run for elected offices in Humphreys County,MS. Afterwards, the unveiling of the sign, was done by Rep. Alice G. Clark, Rep. Earle S.Banks and Rep. Rufus Straughter, whom are natives or have relative native to Humphreys County,MS. Then followed by, recognition of many of the first African Americans to be elected in Belzoni, Humphreys County with mention of some of the foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement. Ruthy Harper stood in recognition of her father Rev. Harper and Sarah Hood stood in recognition of Luella Wood and the Hazelwood family and Helen Sims for Albert and Essie Lee and the Lee Family.