Ida B. Wells Celebration Week to kick-off ahead of statue unveiling in Memphis

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Published: Jul. 8, 2021 at 11:01 AM CDT
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Bluff City is getting ready for the unveiling of the first of its kind Ida B. Wells statue amid a week of celebration to honor the civil rights leader.

The celebration week will kick off July 11 and wrap up on July 16. Some of the activities include community worship, a parade and the big unveiling.

The Memphis Memorial Committee says this is the country’s first statue honoring Wells for her fight in civil rights, anti-lynching advocacy and woman’s suffrage. She also has ties to Memphis being a teacher at the Woodstock School in Shelby County in the late 1800s and a journalist who set up shop on Beale Street.

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