McComb Legacy Students Use Photos of Civil Rights Activists by Harvey Richards

Civil Rights Activists Studied in McComb, Mississippi

Cotton Gin Restaurant where Civil Rights Activist Herbert Lee was murdered in 1961

Cotton Gin Restaurant where Civil Rights Activist Herbert Lee was murdered in 1961

Students in McComb, Mississippi, with the help of Teaching for Change, put together a wonderful conference on civil rights activists and movement history .  Through Teaching for Change, the McComb students found the historic photos of Amzie Moore and other civil rights activists taken by Harvey Richards in 1963 and 1964.  Some students contacted the Archive to get (and receive) permission to use them in their projects.

The photo above and the following words taken from the McComb Legacy web site: “The tour stopped for lunch at the Cotton Gin Restaurant where they met the owner Johnnie Powell. Powell told the students how she secured the historical marker for voting rights activist Herbert Lee. Lee was murdered at the Cotton Gin by state lawmaker E.H. Hurst in 1961. Learn more here.”

Civil Rights Activist Herbert Lee's widow and two of their children from a screen shot take from the 1963 film "We'll Never Turn Back" by Harvey Richards

Civil Rights Activist Herbert Lee’s widow and two of their children from a screen shot take from the 1963 film “We’ll Never Turn Back” by Harvey Richards

Herbert Lee’s family appeared in the film “We’ll Never Turn Back” (1963) made by Harvey Richards in collaboration with Amzie Moore.  


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