LIBERTY — At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, the veil will come off a new state historical marker commemorating a 1961 civil rights-era slaying at an old cotton gin. The marker outside what is now the Cotton Gin Restaurant will cite the death of voting rights activist Herbert Lee.
“Herbert Lee, a 42-year-old dairy farmer in the Amite County area, became a member of the NAACP in the early 1950s,” the inscription will read. “In the fall of 1961, Lee began transporting voting rights activists within the Pike and Amite County area. On Sept. 25, 1961, Herbert Lee was shot and killed while at the local cotton gin.”