Highway dedicated to SC civil rights icon - FOX Carolina 21

Highway dedicated to SC civil rights icon

Posted: Updated: June 22, 2014 06:35PM
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Benjamin Mays highway sign unveiling (Courtesy: Mays family) Benjamin Mays highway sign unveiling (Courtesy: Mays family)
GREENWOOD, SC (AP) -

A portion of a highway in Greenwood County was dedicated in memory of civil rights icon Benjamin Mays on Sunday

The ceremony began with a worship service at Old Mount Zion Baptist Church in Ninety Six, where Mays worshipped. Afterwards, a sign was unveiled along U.S. Highway 178, naming the stretch after Mays, who was born in Greenwood County in 1894.

For almost three decades, Mays was president of Morehouse College in Atlanta. An adviser to three presidents, Mays has been called the father of the civil rights movement. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. referred to him as his "spiritual mentor."

Mays died in 1984.

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