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Civil Rights Movement
Affadavits Regarding Violence, Repression & Brutality

Affadavits Originally Published in Mississippi Black Paper
Affadavits from McComb & Pike Co. MS
Other Affadavits

Affadavits Originally Published in Mississippi Black Paper, 1965

[In June of 1964, Neshoba County Mississippi Sheriff Lawrence Rainey, other law-enforcement officers, and the Ku Klux Klan conspired to lynch voting-rights activists James Chaney, Michael Schwerner, and Andrew Goodman who were civil rights workers participating in Freedom Summer. The Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) brought a civil-suit in federal court against Sheriff Rainey and law-enforcement officials throughout the state for an injunction against the use of "force, violence, or any terroristic act" by police and law-enforcement agencies aimed at preventing people "from exercising their rights, privileges, and immunities as citizens of the United States." In support of this suit, 257 sworn affidavits describing police brutality and misconduct were presented in evidence. This section contains samples of those affidavits.]
Affadavit of Anonymous (Regarding police brutality in Sharkey County, July 24 1964.)
Elizabeth Allen (Regarding assasination of Louis Allen, January 1964.)
James Charles Black (Regarding police repression in Lowndes County MS on June 8 1964.)
Ora Lee Bryant (Regarding racist violence in Pike County, July 1964.)
James A. Campbell (Regarding police brutality in Coahoma County, July 12 1964.)
MacArthur Cotton (Regarding police suppression of voting rights, June 1963.)
Lorne Cress (Regarding police repression in Forrest County, July 1 1964)
George Greene (Regarding car chase & shooting, November 1963.)
Fannie Lou Hamer (Regarding Winona MS police brutality, June 1963)
Jesse Harris (Regarding Freedom Ride arrest, courtroom segregation, police and prison brutality, 1961-1962.)
Edward Hollander (Regarding police repression in Madison County, May 29 1964.)
Richard A. Jewett (Regarding police brutality.)
June Johnson (Regarding Winona MS police brutality, June 1963.)
Robert Mandel (Regarding police repression in Coahoma County, July 1964.)
Affadavit of Bertie McGill (Regarding police brutality in Jones County, July 11 1964.)
Jesse T. Morris (Regarding police repression in Hinds County MS on February 3 1964.)
Eric Morton (Regarding police repression in Hinds and Madison Counties, July 15 1964.)
Annell Ponder (Regarding Winona MS police brutality, June 1963.)
David Riley (Regarding police misconduct in Warren County, July 7 1964.)
Rita Schwerner (Regarding lynching of Chaney, Schwerner, Goodman, June 1964)
Lewis Sitzer (Regarding police repression in Coahoma County, June 22 1964.)
Geoffry R.W. Smith (Regarding threat of violence in Jones County, July 1964.)
Michael F. Starr (Regarding disappearance of Chaney, Schwerner, Goodman, June 1964)
E.W. Steptoe (Regarding police and KKK intimidation, 1954-1964.)
Peter Stoner (Regarding police & prison brutality, February-May 1964.)
Lafayette Surney (Regarding police & prison brutality, August 1963.)
Jimmy Travis (Regarding shooting by white racists, February 1963.)
Peter Werner (Regarding racist violence in Forrest County, July 1964.)

Affadavits from McComb & Pike Co. MS

1964?SNCC Memo: McComb civil action, Brown, Aronson, Greenberg, LDF. Undated (probably late 1964)
1964?Affadavit of Carolyn Breckenridge, re racist attacks in McComb, MS. Undated (probably 1964)
1964Affadavit of James Baker, re racist attacks (McComb, MS). 1964
1964Affadavit of C.C. Bryant, re racist attacks (McComb, MS). 1964
1964?Affadavit of Willie Haynes, re being arrested (McComb, MS). Undated (probably 1964)
1964Affadavit of Earl Moses, re racist attacks (McComb, MS). 1964
1964Affadavit of Julia Woods, re threat of racist attack (McComb, MS). 1964
1964Affadavit of Wilbert Lewis, re racist violence (McComb, MS). June 19 1964
1964Affadavit of Roy Lee, re police repression (McComb, MS). July 1964
1964Affadavit of Dennis Sweeney, re house bombing (McComb, MS). July 8 1964
1964Affadavit of Lillie Warren, re bombing of COFO Freedom House (McComb, MS). July 9 1964
1964Affadavit of Louise Watson, re bomb found in Baptist church (McComb, MS). July 18 1964
1964Affadavit of General White, bomb found in Baptist church (McComb, MS). July 18 1964
1964Affadavit of M.L. Brown, re burning of Mount Vernon Church (McComb, MS). July 21 1964
1964Affadavit of Lula Jackson, re burning of Mount Vernon Church (McComb, MS). July 21 1964
1964Affadavit of Rev. H.L. McKnight, re burning of Mount Vernon Church (McComb, MS). July 21 1964
1964Affadavit of Nazaree Brumfield, re burning of Mount Canaan Church (McComb, MS). August 5 1964
1964Affadavit of Farley Pittman, burning of Mount Canaan Church and police brutality (McComb, MS). August 8 1964
1964Affadavit of Peter Lewis, burning of grocery store (McComb, MS). August 15 1964
1964Affadavit of Robert V. Stone, police repression against COFO (McComb, MS). August 24 1964
1964Affadavit of Willie Dillon, re explosion outside her house (McComb, MS). August 28 1964
1964?Affadavit of John Lee, re police repression and brutality (McComb, MS). Undated (probably 1964)
1964Affadavit of Russell Bennett, re violence against civil rights workers (McComb, MS). September 2 1964
1964Affadavit of Robert Stone, re violence against civil rights workers (McComb, MS). September 2 1964
1964Affadavit of Aline Baker, re bombing of her residence (McComb, MS). September 9 1964
1964Affadavit of L.S. Allen, re bombing of Mrs. Quins's house (McComb, MS). September 20 1964
1964Affadavit of Eddie Anderson, re bombing of Mrs. Quins's house (McComb, MS). September 20 1964
1964Affadavit of Jerry Lee Hill, re bombing of Mrs. Quins's house (McComb, MS). September 20 1964
1964Affadavit of Johnny Frank Nobles, re police repression (McComb, MS). September 20 1964
1964Affadavit of L.S. Anderson, re bombing of Mrs. Quins's house (McComb, MS). September 20 1964
1964Affadavit of Alyene Quin, re bombing of Mrs. Quins's house (McComb, MS). September 20 1964
1964Affadavit of Harold Ray Mallard , re bombing of Mrs. Quins's house (McComb, MS). September 20 1964
1964Affadavit of Ira Marsalis, re bombing of Mrs. Quins's house (McComb, MS). September 20 1964
1964Affadavit of James Willian Ard, re bombing of Mrs. Quins's house (McComb, MS). September 20 1964
1964Affadavit of Roy L. Martin, re bombing of Mrs. Quins's house (McComb, MS). September 20 1964
1964Affadavit of Willie Ray Knox, re bombing of Mrs. Quins's house (McComb, MS). September 20 1964
1964Affadavit of Willie Ray Knox, re imprisonment and police brutality (McComb, MS). September 20 1964
1964Affadavit of Alyene Quin, re imprisonment of her daughter Carolyn (McComb, MS). October 20 1964
1964Affadavit of William Thomas, re bombing of Mrs. Quins's house (McComb, MS). September 20 1964
1964Affadavit of Ursula Junk, re police repression and brutality (McComb, MS). September 21 1964
1964Affadavit of Matthew Jackson, re bomb thrown in his front yard (McComb, MS). September 23 1964
1964Affadavit of Rev. Ned Taylor, re police repression and brutality (McComb, MS). September 23 1964
1964Affadavit of James Holmes, re police repression and brutality (McComb, MS). October 18 1964
1964Affadavit of Candy Brown, re arrest at Freedom House (McComb, MS). October 23 1964
1964Affadavit of J.D. Smith, re arrest at Freedom House (McComb, MS). October 23 1964
1964Affadavit of Alyene Quin, re police repression at voter registration (McComb, MS). October 26 1964

Other Affadavits:

1963Affadavit of John B. Amos regarding white violence. Undated 1963
1963Statement by Emma Irving re arrest of her husband in Itta Bena MS, undated 1963
1964Affadavit of Henry of Lee Chinn, CORE (regarding police) February 17 1964
1964Multiple Affadavits from Mississippi Freedom Summer
1964Statement by Mrs. Bessie McMurtry concerning her son in jail, Bessie McMurtry. June 1 1964
1964Affadavit of Sam Block, SNCC. June 11 1964
1964Affadavit of Robby Osman & Mario Savio, volunteers. July 22 1964
1964Affidavits, Unsigned, COFO. Summer 1964 (Regarding repression.)
1965Public testimony: Fannie Lou Hamer, Annie Devine, Victoria Gray (Regarding Congressional Challenge.)


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