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Oral History

Rev. Reginald Green, 1939-2020

“I spent my 21st birthday in jail in Parchman.” Reginald Green went to Mississippi as a Freedom Rider in the summer of 1961 without telling his parents. I never asked my father and mother if I could go on the Freedom Rides, for fear that they would say no. Out of respect I would have […]

Winonah Beamer, 1941-2018

Winonah Beamer was a Freedom Rider despite the fact that both her boyfriend and mother told her no, she couldn’t be one. But she was determined that way. Her boyfriend said no, Mississippi was too dangerous for her, as he headed out the door to Jackson, a Freedom Rider en route to getting arrested. So […]

Why I Rode: Henry Schwarzschild

Henry Schwarzschild was arrested with eight other Riders at the Trailways station in Jackson, Mississippi, on June 21, 1961. He was 35 years old. He died in 1996, at 70, several years before I started my project, so I never got to meet him, or even learn much about him. But preparing for the 50th […]

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