Mars, Florence, 1923-2006
Mars was born on January 1, 1923 in Philadelphia, Mississippi. She studied at Millsaps College and University of Mississippi, where she graduated in 1944. Mars recorded her experiences and observations of the Philadelphia crisis that developed when three civil rights workers were murdered in her book, Witness in Philadelphia. Her efforts to determine the truth, and to work toward justice brought her under great pressure, including economic discrimination and near ostracism.