Now that Killen has been convicted and sentenced, Susan Klopfer has revamped her blog that focused on the trial to cover, instead, the history of racial murders in Mississippi. Spend fifteen minutes on Murders Around Mississippi and it should be abundantly clear what Rita Bender Schwerner meant when she said:
"If this verdict is a beginning, if the sentence is a beginning, helping to open up what happened in this state — that is important."
Susan has already posted a lot (including some excerpts from Susan's book, Where Rebels Roost), so I'll mention a few things to check out:
- (For Senators Trent Lott and Thad Cochran) List of lynched black people in the Delta collected by Joyce Russer of Bolivar County
- (For Jim Hood and Mark Duncan) Civil rights slayings in Mississippi
- Cleve McDowell (1997), first Black to enter Ole Miss Law School
- Birdia Keglar (1966), first Black to vote in Tallahatchie County after Reconstruction ended