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Oral History

Dave Morton, 1939-2020

Didn’t particularly feel like a hero, but I knew the guys from Michigan and California I was in jail with, I knew they didn’t get a reception like that. It was on the news. It was on the front page of The Star. The best thing, I went to Al’s Breakfast in Dinkytown. He wouldn’t […]

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 […]

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