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Letter, Ned Opton to Friends; August 19, 1964

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Creator:Opton, Ned
Title:Letter, Ned Opton to Friends; August 19, 1964
Date:1964 Aug. 19

From the Dahl (Kathleen) Freedom Summer Collection. Four-page letter authored by civil rights activist Ned Opton. Opton writes from Palmer's Crossing, near Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to coworkers and friends about the political, economic and social conditions facing African Americans in the South. He bases his assessment on observations made while volunteering with his wife, Gene, in Tchula and Hattiesburg during Freedom Summer 1964. He writes of attending a memorial service for James Chaney, one of three civil rights workers killed in Philadelphia, Mississippi, that summer.

Electronic version made available through a National Leadership Grant for Libraries from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

Subjects:Opton, Ned | Seeger, Pete, 1919- | Chaney, James Earl, 1943-1964 | African American farmers | African Americans | Civil rights workers | Delta (Miss. : Region) | Hattiesburg (Miss.) | Neshoba County (Miss.) | Palmers Crossing (Miss.) | Economic history | Tchula (Miss.) | Letter writing--Mississippi--Palmers Crossing | Letter writing--Mississippi--Tchula | Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.) | Mississippi Freedom Project | Police--Mississippi--Palmers Crossing | Hospitality--Mississippi | African Americans--Violence against--Mississippi | Mississippi Freedom Schools | Concerts--Mississippi | Congresses and conventions--Mississippi--Meridian | Funeral rites and ceremonies--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Murder victims' families--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Television in publicity--Mississippi | Race relations | Philadelphia (Miss.)--Race relations | Arson--Mississippi--Philadelphia | Council of Federated Organizations (U.S.) | Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.) | Cooperation--Mississippi--Tchula | Farms--Mississippi--Tchula | Poverty--Mississippi | Farmers--Mississippi | African American farmers--Mississippi | Sharecroppers--Mississippi | Community centers--Mississippi | Violence--Mississippi | Threats of violence--Mississippi | Lynching--Mississippi--Belzoni | Bombings--Mississippi--Belzoni | Chaney, James Earl, 1943-1964--Death and burial | United States, Mississippi, Lauderdale County, Meridian, 32.3643098, -88.703656 | United States, Mississippi, Philadelphia | United States, Mississippi, Lauderdale County | United States, Mississippi, Forrest County | United States, Mississippi, Lamar County | United States, Mississippi, Holmes County | United States, Mississippi, Belzoni | United States, Mississippi, Humphreys County
Collection:Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive
Institution:University of Southern Mississippi Libraries
Contributors:University of Southern Mississippi. Libraries
Original Material:

Box 1, Folder 28, M357 Dahl (Kathleen) Freedom Summer Collection, McCain Library and Archives, University of Southern Mississippi

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Forms part of the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

Forms part of USM - Historical Manuscripts.

Forms part of University of Southern Mississippi Digital Collections.

Forms part of the Mississippi Digital Library.

Forms part of the Kathleen Dahl Freedom Summer Collection in the Civil Rights in Mississippi Digital Archive.

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