Telling Their Stories: Civil Rights Struggle

Watch and listen to interviews of former students from Burgland High School in McComb, Mississippi, drawing on their experiences during the Civil Rights Movement. Burgland High School was involved in a large student walk-out in 1961. Hear from Brenda Travis, a woman who attempted to purchase a ticket from the “whites only” counter and was arrested and held in jail for 30 days. Jan Nave Barnes and her family invited civil rights workers into their home. Once part of the social elite, the family was eventually run out town, their house burned and their pet dog killed. With its incredible stories of bravery and vigilance, this is a must-see site.

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