Remembering local civil rights giant Mozelle Clemmons

Savannah is remembering a civil rights giant. Mozelle Clemmons died in her home Monday, after spending decades fighting for justice in the Hostess City.

Clemmons played a major role in the local chapter of the NAACP. Richard Shinhoster, current First Vice President of the organization, says her presence will be missed. “Well, we lose a tremendous force in the community. Mozelle Clemmons understood that for an organization to thrive, it needed to bring on new and younger persons and I think this was one of her accomplishments. She trained several people so that when she could no longer serve, there were others that had her spirit and her expertise.”

The 94-year-old retired educator moved to Savannah in the mid-1940’s along with her husband John. Together, they supported the push for equality for African Americans in our community. Many times, that came in the form of bail for those who were at lunch counter sit-ins and other acts of courage that led to the arrests of scores of people fighting for equal rights.

Funeral services for Mrs. Clemmons are set for Saturday, January 9 with visitation set from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m at the First Congregational Church (421 Habershamon Street) in Savannah.

The funeral will begin at 10 a.m. immediately following the visitation.

Internment will follow at Hillcrest Abbey at 1600 Wheaton St.

 

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