Nixon, Sandra: Oral History

Sandra Nixon participated in the Freedom Rides in 1961. This video was filmed for the documentary The Children Shall Lead (link).

Interview Data

Name of Interviewee: Sandra Nixon            

Date: November, 2001

Place of Interview: Jackson, MS

Time                        

Topics/Names/Events Discussed

0:00-2:00

Desire Housing Project, New Orleans; Isaac Thomas; child protection services, New Orleans

2:00-4:00

Fergus & Cecilia Pierre; family history; Southern University; Castle Haley; Doris Haley; Jerome Smith

4:00-6:00

CORE New Orleans; nonviolence training; father WWII vet

6:00-8:00

Family apprehension; May 30, 1961 trip from New Orleans to Jackson, MS by train; arrest

8:00-10:00

Charged with breach of peace; arrest; Jackson City Jail; Hinds County Jail; Parchman Penitentiary; conditions in Parchman

10:00-12:00

Parchman experiences; “Oh Freedom”

12:00-14:00

Personal experience; Strive Towards Freedom, Martin Luther King, Jr.; Southern University

14:00-16:00

New Orleans; Jerome Smith; Aretha Haley, Doris Castle; CORE demonstrations; New Orleans City Hall

16:00-18:00

Legacy of involvement

18:00-20:00

Legacy of involvement, movement

Her oral history may also be viewed here.