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Greenville Air Force Base Takeover

(1/1/1966) This was a project sponsored by the National Council of Churches of Mississippi. NCC started a takeover of the abandoned Greenville Air Force Base by evicted black farmworkers who had been living in tents during sub-freezing temperatures. The takeover was sponsored jointly by the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the Delta Ministry. The Greenville Air Force Base is still located at the Greenville Municipal Airport.


Newman, Mark. “Divine Agitators: The Delta Ministry and Civil Rights in Mississippi.”University of Georgia Press: 2004.