MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) — A proclamation was issued by Meridian Mayor Percy Bland, declaring August 17th as Maggie Mae Hall Jones Nash day.
Mrs. Maggie Nash served Meridian for more than forty years as a community organizer, civil rights activist, and mentor. Mrs. Nash participated in the boycott and picket line that resulted in the hiring of the first African-American cashier at Winn Dixie. She was also instrumental in educating, registering, and transporting voters to the polls.
“She transported people to the polls. She got lots and lots of people registered to vote. That was her passion because she realizes that the vote is really, that’s the way we’re going to change things to make things better,” said Ruth Jones, the daughter of Mrs. Nash.
Mrs. Nash died on Monday. She would have been 97 years old on August 17th.