City honors MLK’s visit to Greenville

by gbcpl on October 14, 2015

Martin_Luther_King_Jr_speaking_to_an_audience_in_a_church_building_in_Greenville_Alabama(1)The Greenville-Butler County Public Library was proud to join with the City of Greenville and Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce in a ceremony on Thursday, clinic Oct. 8 to present a portrait of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to members of Harrison Street Baptist Church.

The portrait, enlarged from a photo included in the Alabama Department of Archives and History’s collection of over 11,000 images donated by Jim Peppler from his time with the Southern Courier, was taken during Dr. King’s visit to Greenville and Harrison Street Baptist Church in 1965.

Complete media coverage of the event can be found at the following links:

The Greenville Advocate: “Historic photo of Civil Rights leader unveiled”

WSFA: “Photos of MLK unveiled in Greenville”

WAKA: “Greenville honors MLK visit”

The photograph will be on display at schools in Greenville as well as City Hall, the Butler County Courthouse, and the Library before being displayed at the Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Breakfast in January. It will then be donated to Harrison Street Baptist Church along with a plaque commemorating the event.

Click here for: The complete Jim Peppler Southern Courier Photograph Collection

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