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GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) - A portion of a highway in Greenwood County is being dedicated in memory of civil rights icon Benjamin Mays.

The Sunday event begins with a worship service at Old Mount Zion Baptist Church in Epworth, the church where Mays worshipped. Family members and state and local dignitaries will attend.

Later, there will be a ceremony unveiling a sign dedicating a section of U.S. Highway 178 to Mays, who was born in Greenwood County in 1894.

For almost three decades, Mays was president of Morehouse College in Atlanta. An adviser to three presidents, Mays has been called the father of the civil rights movement. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. referred to him as his "spiritual mentor."

Mayes died in 1984.

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