Day 6 - Thursday, July 14

We started our day by driving to Philadelphia, Mississippi where we saw a memorial at Mount Zion Church to the three men killed in freedom summer; Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner. The men (two white and one black) were in Mississippi to register blacks to vote.

For lunch, we went to a classic southern diner where we drank our weight in sweet tea and enjoyed some authentic corn, rice and gravy, fried chicken and corn bread. After eating we listened to the story of Jewel Rush McDonald. She was just a young girl in the 60's and remembers Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner knocking her door to register her mother to vote the day that they were murdered. Her mother and brother were brutally beaten the day that Mount Zion Church was attacked.

After this, we drove to Greenwood Mississippi. It was shocking to see the disparity between the 'white' and 'black' neighborhoods. There were shotgun houses with broken windows and chipped paint and three blocks down the street were 6 bedroom brick homes with beautiful, perfectly trimmed grass. We had dinner in the Crystal Cafe which was lovely and the waitress thought we were very funny. The evening ended with swimming in the hotel (which was both indoor, and outdoor!)


Peace,

Margaret