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M359 Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection

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In Collection: Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Digital Collection



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From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; Six handwritten note cards outlining the Community Center at Clarksdale; Community centers were organized by the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) as part of Mississippi Freedom Summer 1964. The author summarizes how the Clarksdale center was set up and describes how the center was received by the local community.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; Four-page typewritten document entitled "We must be allies...race has led us both to poverty" written by Bruce Maxwell. The document refers to the White Folks Project (WFP), an organized effort to help register poor whites to vote and to educate them on racial and social inequalities in the South. Maxwell describes the significance of the program, the Biloxi WFP, and the need for more programs in Mississippi.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; Typed poem entitled "The House of Liberty" written by Joyce Brown. Presumably, Brown was a Freedom School teacher in McComb, Mississippi, during Freedom Summer 1964. She describes the turbulent political atmosphere of the time, fears of both whites and African Americans, and her belief in working for equal rights.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; Two-page typewritten document titled Songs of the Southern Freedom Movement. Lyrics for eight songs reflect the political situation in the South with references to freedom riders, Ross Barnett, Hinds County and events in Birmingham, AL. Titles include We Shall Not Be Moved, This Little Light Of Mine, Keep Your Eyes On The Prize; Oh Freedom, We'll Never Turn Back, Woke Up This Morning, Which Side Are You On, and We Shall Overcome.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; Eighteen-page handwritten journal authored by Margaret Hazelton. The journal provides a day-by-day account of Hazelton's experience as a Freedom Summer volunteer working in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Hazelton describes the city of Clarksdale, meetings she attended, her friends, and the ongoing status of the Clarksdale community center.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; Three-page typewritten sermon authored by Rev. James N. Porter, pastor of Woodmere Methodist Church in Detroit, Michigan. Rev. Porter's sermon relates the experiences of the African American southerner to poverty-stricken Lazarus in the bible. He juxtaposes the analogy with quotes taken from letters written by Margaret Hazelton, a Freedom Summer volunteer and fellow church member.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; Fifteen-page pamphlet published by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)" The pamphlet includes a summarized history of SNCC and a how-to guide for parties interested in setting up a Friends of SNCC Committee. Also includes photographs related to civil rights activities.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One-page report published in association with the Mississippi Freedom Project. The report describes the Federal Programs Project, which made information about legal and financial aid more accessible to African Americans. Issues touched on in the report include farming, housing, and health care in Mississippi.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; Black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of Dr. Aaron Henry's pharmacy in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Dr. Aaron Henry was a prominent African-American civil rights activist in the 1960s. Involved in numerous civil rights organizations, he served as chairman of the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) during Freedom Summer 1964. His drug store was considered a local "hangout" for COFO workers in Clarksdale.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of Dr. Aaron Henry, presumably inside the doctor's pharmacy in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Dr. Henry was a prominent African-American civil rights activist in the 1960s.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of Noelle Michael Henry, wife of Dr. Aaron Henry. The photograph was presumably taken inside Dr. Henry's pharmacy in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Dr. Henry was a prominent African-American civil rights activist in the 1960s.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, at the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) convention in Jackson, Mississippi. Bob Moses stands at the podium. Dr. Aaron Henry and an unidentified African-American woman are seated to his right.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, at the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) convention in Jackson, Mississippi. People seated in the audience hold signs displaying the names of counties in Mississippi where Freedom volunteers were located.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of the back of an unidentified house in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of local African-American children making freedom chains at the Clarksdale (MS) community center.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of nine civil rights workers at a staff meeting in Clarksdale, Mississippi. A poster in a window in the background reads, "No U.S. Dough to Help Jim Crow Grow"; The staff includes volunteers working for the Mississippi Freedom Project. From left to right: two unidentified persons, Lew Sitzer, Bob Mandel, possibly Les Johnson, Yvonne Klein with her head down, Margie (Margaret) Hazelton, Matt Zwerling, and Lafayette Surney with his back to the camera.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of three African Americans at "the 'table'" inside Dr. ("Doc") Aaron Henry's drugstore on 4th Street in Clarksdale, Mississippi. From left to right: Rayford [first name unknown], an unidentified female and Noelle Michael Henry, wife of Dr. Aaron Henry.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of four unidentified African-American children seated at a table in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of two unidentified African-American teenage girls exercising in the community center in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of Rev. Rayford's son at a church community meeting in Clarksdale, Mississippi. According to a handwritten note on the back of the photograph, Margie [Hazelton], Mat [Zwerling] and the man in the photograph, whose first name is unknown, were involved in a very scary incident.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph taken of six Freedom Summer workers in a church in Clarksdale, Mississippi. From left to right: Rev. Rayford's son [first name unknown], an unidentified woman, C.T. Vivian (?), Noelle Michael Henry, Ms. Piggee [first name unknown] and Rev. Frazer Thomason.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of two unidentified African American males on a break from chopping cotton in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of a chicken in a makeshift coop in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of two unidentified men standing outside the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) office in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of a local African-American youth standing behind paper "freedom chains" draped from benches at a carnival in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of a local African-American youth standing behind benches draped with "freedom chains" at a carnival in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of three local African-American teenagers in the community center in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Two young women sit on either side of a young man who is painting. On the back of the photograph is a handwritten note describing the young man as "a wonderful painter."

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of two unidentified African-American teenagers and David Batzka (right) in the community center in Clarksdale, Mississippi. The young man to the left is painting a picture as Batzka looks on.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of a gathering in Dr. Aaron Henry's backyard in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Joe Youngerman and four local African-American teenagers are talking in the foreground. In the background, from left to right, are Lew Sitzer, Mat Zwerling and Margie Hazelton.

From the Hazelton (Margaret J.) Freedom Summer Collection; One black-and-white photograph, taken by Rev. Frazer Thomason, of Mat Zwerling talking to Margie (Margaret) Hazelton at a gathering in Dr. Aaron Henry's backyard in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

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