“Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Exhibit for Students” tells how a handful of activists led 900 northern volunteers and thousands of Mississippi’s black residents in an assault on the state’s segregated political system. Hundreds were jailed, beaten, bombed and shot for trying to secure basic constitutional rights. The murder of three civil rights workers on the project’s first day was fictionalized in the 1988 film, “Mississippi Burning.”
The exhibit displays facsimiles of 70 manuscripts, photos, articles and other documents from the Society’s well-known civil rights collections. A running narrative explains the summer’s major events.