James Eastland Federal Courthouse

Since Mississippi’s state and local governments and judicial system were generally supportive of segregation in the 1960s, civil rights activists had to rely on the federal courts for justice. Freedom Riders’ cases were appealed from this federal courthouse all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The cases dealt with the constitutionality of many of the arrests that occurred in Mississippi during the 1960s.

Sources:

“Civil Rights Driving Tour of Hinds County”produced by the Associated Press, Tougaloo College, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the Mississippi Development Authority (Tourism Division).