Hundreds turned out to participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr., March in Mobile. Afterward there was a “Stop the Violence Rally” and gathering at Lyons Park.
In addition dozens helped in picking up trash during the Africatown Community Cleanup, trash bags and supplies provided by Keep Mobile Beautiful, and also a clean-up along Three Mile creek sponsored by Mobile BayKeepers to honor Dr. King’s legacy.
Members of the Fairhope Unitarian Teen and Children’s fellowship joined in on the MLK Day events, visiting the Africatown museum along with a stop at the Old Plateau Cemetery, known as the Africatown graveyard which is the final resting place of enslaved Africans, African-Americans, and a Buffalo Soldier.
The Africatown burial ground dates back to 1876, sixteen years after Africans arrived on the Clotilda which was one of the last documented slave ships to leave Africa for the Americas. The northern area of the graveyard is the older section where the remains of Clotilda survivors have been found through an archaeological preservation project directed by the College of William and Mary. The historic annals of Africatown are chiseled upon tombstones in this graveyard.