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1964 Freedom Summer Project

1964 Freedom Summer Project

Henry and Elizabeth Baird Collection

What Was the 1964 Freedom Summer Project?
Freedom Summer was an effort by civil rights activists to integrate Mississippi's segregated political system. Northern volunteers and black Mississippians risked their lives to overturn racist institutions.

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