MS Freedom Trail marker honoring Clyde Kennard unveiled

MS Freedom Trail marker honoring Clyde Kennard unveiled
Clyde Kennard. Source: WDAM
Clyde Kennard. Source: WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The 26th Mississippi Freedom Trail marker was unveiled at the University of Southern Mississippi on Friday. 

The marker honors Clyde Kennard, a Forrest County African-American man who tried several times in the 1950s to enroll as a student at USM, then known as Mississippi Southern College, but was refused admission. 

He was sent to state prison in 1960 on trumped up charges but was released after developing cancer. 

Kennard died in Chicago in 1963.

He was declared innocent of all charges in Forrest County Circuit Court in 2006.

The marker is located on the lawn of Kennard-Washington Hall, the student services building named after Kennard and Walter Washington, the first black student to receive a doctoral degree from Southern Miss.

The marker was dedicated in a ceremony attended by dozens of students, faculty, administrators and civil rights activists.