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Dozens attend vigil for burned civil rights center

Contributed • Apr 15, 2019 at 10:37 AM

Dozens of people attended a candlelight vigil Thursday night for Highlander Center, a Tennessee civil rights center that burned two weeks ago.

Attendants gathered on the Tweetsie Trail at mile marker 3.8 where Myles Horton's name appears on a commemorative name plate bench. Horton was one of the founders of the school.

They sang "Lift Every Voice" (James Weldon Johnson) and "We Shall Overcome" and heard some music from Pete Seeger and Lead Belly and had poems from Nikki Giovanni, bell hooks and Maya Angelou.

Greater Love Church in Johnson City provided the music.