Marshall Jones


As remembered by SNCC Legacy Project (SLP)
April 7, 2020

Marshall Jones joined the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Freedom Singers in 1963. He traveled with the Freedom Singers and helped raise awareness of the struggle for civil rights in the South and financial resources to help the organizing work of SNCC. Marshall was a native of Tennessee and attended the University of Tennessee as a music major.

Marshall was the author of the mournful song, In the Mississippi River This song was written in 1964 following the murders of Mississippi civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney. It tells the story of the hundreds of Black bodies that were found as the federal government dredged the Mississippi River in search of Goodman, Schwerner and Chaney.

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