These politicians were involved in the passage and enforcement of Jim Crow legislation: Governor Benjamin Humphreys, Governor and Senator James Alcorn, Governor John M. Stone, Governor Robert Lowry, Governor and Senator Anselm McLaurin, Governor and Senator James K. Vardaman, Governor Edmond Noel. Geographic places named for these men include Humphreys County, Alcorn County, Alcorn State University, Stone County, Stone Blvd at MSU, McLaurin Attendance Center in Florence (presumed, can’t verify), McLaurin Heights neighborhood in Pearl (presumed, can’t verify), and the town of Vardaman.
Exodus 34:4-9 (ESV)
So Moses cut two tablets of stone like the first. And he rose early in the morning and went up on Mount Sinai, as the Lord had commanded him, and took in his hand two tablets of stone. The Lord descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the Lord. The Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children’s children, to the third and the fourth generation.” And Moses quickly bowed his head toward the earth and worshiped. And he said, “If now I have found favor in your sight, O Lord, please let the Lord go in the midst of us, for it is a stiff-necked people, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us for your inheritance.”
Our Father in heaven,
How we as a people have offended You by our racism and violence. We have shamefully treated our Afro-American brother and sisters. By institutionalizing these unjust laws, we have compelled and propagated racism. We are a stiff-necked people. Forgive us for our history of Jim Crow laws in Mississippi. Forgive our racism and hatred. Forgive our pride in naming places for these Jim Crow politicians.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
We humbly seek Your pardon. If there are any curses attached to the names of these politicians because of their racism and involvement with Jim Crow legislation, we claim the Blood of the Lamb over the names.
Extend Your grace to the state of Mississippi. Extend Your grace to Humphreys County, Alcorn County, Alcorn State University, Stone County, Stone Blvd at MSU, McLaurin Attendance Center in Florence, McLaurin Heights neighborhood in Pearl, and the town of Vardaman.
We bless our Afro-American brothers and sisters in Mississippi.
We bless these places named for Jim Crow politicians.
We bless the descendants of these Jim Crow politicians.
Favor, Lord. We cry out for Your favor. We declare, Your kingdom come, Your will be done in Humphreys County, Alcorn County, Alcorn State University, Stone County, Stone Blvd at MSU, McLaurin Attendance Center in Florence, McLaurin Heights neighborhood in Pearl, and the town of Vardaman, as it is in heaven. Amen.