February 9 was a spectacular day at Clark United Methodist Church as parishioners began their 155th year anniversary celebration. On a journey that began quite some time ago, this last Sunday saw the Historical Marker from the Metro Historical Commission unveiled on the corner of 14th & Phillips Street (1014 14th Ave. N.) in recognition of Clark Memorial United Methodist Church.
Clark was a primary location for civil rights activists to gather and strategize concerning sit-ins and other organized protests. The late Matthew Walker, Jr. was a Civil Rights activist, a freedom rider and a long-time engaged member of Clark who always maintained that “we must never forget!” The unveiling took place in his honor along with the many other ‘Cloud of Witnesses’ who were active members of Clark Memorial.
The ceremony was led by anniversary chair, Marilyn Magee Talbert and Rev. Dr. Herbert L. Lester, Jr., senior pastor. Our special guests included members of the ‘Freedom Riders, other activists, and Matthew Walker III.
Members, friends, visiting members of Brentwood UMC, Gordon UMC and other United Methodists (who also attended the morning worship service), Red River District Superintendent and Bishop McAlilly, city officials from the Mayor’s Office, and District Councilman Freddie O’Connell were among some of the many who shared in this momentous occasion.