Centreville to celebrate Anne Moody Day with naming of street

Published 11:35 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2017

CENTREVILLE — Civil rights activist and Mississippi author Anne Moody will be honored by her hometown of Centreville two years after her death.

At noon on Sept. 15, Centreville will celebrate Anne Moody Day with an official proclamation and an official unveiling of Anne Moody Street near her childhood home.

The ceremony will be at the corner of Fort and South Gordon streets in Centreville.

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The author of her acclaimed  autobiography “Coming of Age in Mississippi,” Moody wrote about her experiences growing up in Centreville and her involvement with the Civil Rights Movement. Her 1968 book has been published in several languages and sold around the world.

“I think it is a good thing to honor a person such as Anne Moody who was dedicated and made sacrifices for others,” Centreville Mayor Larry Lee said. “She fought for a good cause, and she put her life on the line in the struggle for freedom and civil rights.”

The Centreville Board of Aldermen approved a request in June to name Fort Street, between South Gordon Street and Mississippi 24, after Moody. Moody grew up on Fort Street near the highway.

Moody attended Natchez Junior College on a basketball scholarship before attending Tougaloo College in Jackson, where she actively worked with the National Associaition for the Advancement of Colored People and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.

Moody died in 2015, spending her last years in Gloster having suffered from dementia.

The Wilkinson County Board of Supervisors also approved a resolution to name part of Mississippi 24, from Woodville to the Amite County line in Centreville as “Anne Moody Highway.” The resolution will go to the Mississippi Legislature for approval during the next legislative session.

The requests to name both the street and highway after Moody came from the committee for the Anne Moody History Project, a community service project by the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility in Woodville.

“As a committee we appreciate the value and historic significance of Ms. Moody’s legacy and what it means for this community as well as future generations,” WCCF Chaplain Roscoe Barnes said.

WCCF is privately run by Management and Training Coporation of Utah.