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Andrew Carr

Andrew Carr sign in downtown Clarksdale Arts & Culture District.

Andy Carr was a Clarksdale farmer, a civic leader, and civil rights, activist.  Born here, he was a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and served our country’s Navy for twelve years.

As an area farmer after his military service, he became socially active.  Andy was appointed to the biracial committee that worked on the poverty program known as Coahoma Opportunities, Inc. (COI).

Andy Carr and Robert Kennedy in Clarksdale (1967). photo Troy Catchings.

Andy Carr and Robert Kennedy in Clarksdale (1967). photo Troy Catchings.

As the chairman of COI, the program developed into a comprehensive local support system during Andy’s tenure there.  He helped start many social services such as Head Start, legal aid, adult education, and retraining farm workers.

Carr also was involved in the integration of the Coahoma County schools, and on March 14, 1967, he testified before a Senate subcommittee poverty program.  Andy continues to inspire others by example in his community.


Sign location:  100 block of Issaquena Ave. (near Coahoma Opportunities, Inc.)
Sign Production:  digital art by Richard Bolen
Source image: photograph by Richard Bolen

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