MARKS, Miss. (7/9/15)--The Delta Regional Mule Train Market and Museum in Marks, Miss., celebrated its grand opening last month, furthering Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, and the event included a credit union presence.
The market and museum’s name was inspired by King’s Poor People's Campaign, which included plans for a mule-train journey from Marks to Washington, D.C., to call attention to the plight of poor people in the United States and especially in the Mississippi Delta.
Among those taking part in the opening ceremony was Helen Godfrey-Smith, president/CEO of Shreveport (La.) FCU.
"We are proud to have collaborated with Quitman County and regional leaders to bring this economic development project to the Delta region,” Godrey-Smith said. “[Shreveport FCU] has three branches in the Delta of Mississippi.”
The regional market offers opportunities to sell and buy farmers’ fresh produce and a variety of products sold by vendors.
More than 400 visitors attended the grand opening event that included mule-drawn wagon rides, food and live entertainment.
The museum documents the June 1968 event with artwork, literature and artifacts.