Exhibit Reception Honoring the Life and Legacy of Allen Hines


Reception and Gallery Talk Set for January 27th

To begin the New Year, the Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion Gallery (316 Hiddenite Church Road) features an exhibit of historical collections honoring the Civil Rights era service of the late Allen Hines.

A reception celebrating the life and legacy of Allen Hines is set for Sunday, January 27, 2019 from 3pm -4:30pm in the Lucas Mansion Gallery. The reception, which will include light refreshments and a Gallery Talk, is free to attend and all are welcome.

In 1962, Allen Hines was one of the US Marshals given the sacred duty of protecting James Meredith, the first African-American man to enroll in the University of Mississippi. Under the direction of US Attorney General, Robert Kennedy, Hines and his fellow Marshals played an important role in providing security to Mr. Meredith as he lead this pivotal event in the Civil Rights Movement.

Mr. Meredith’s courage in desegregating the University of Mississippi opened the doors of opportunity for all Americans.  Allen Hines and James Meredith bonded over this shared moment of service to our country and remained friends throughout the years.

In a special Gallery Talk, Mrs. Martha Hines will discuss her late husband’s life of service to family, community, and country. As Allen Hines would have wished, the audience will be encouraged to ask questions freely. Martha Hines will also discuss the specific pieces from the exhibit and share their personal meaning as well as stories about how they relate to her husband’s public service. A special commemorative pin will be presented to all who attend the reception, courtesy of the Allen Hines estate.