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FSB-NMissi-sliderLocal veterans of the Civil Rights Movement will be featured at a free program in Hernando that will also feature presentations on the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum now under construction in Jackson and the collections of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Freedom Summer and Beyond: North Mississippi will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 16, at the West Oak Grove Church of Christ.

The program will be held in two sessions, from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m.. Two panel discussions will focus on voter registration efforts in 1964 and education in DeSoto County. Participating will be Gemenie Bowdrie, Gertrude Bridgeforth, Willie Dobbins, Theron Long, Leslie McLemore, Thomas Plunkett, and Joseph Stone.

Freedom Summer and Beyond: North Mississippi is made possible through a partnership between the DeSoto County African American History Symposium, DeSoto County Museum, MDAH, and the Mississippi Humanities Council. Contact Pannay Guigley of the DeSoto County Museum at 662-429-8852 for more information. The West Oak Grove Church of Christ is located at 3455 Highway 51 South, Hernando.

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