Mitchell, Ozell

Ozell Mitchell, an independent farmer at Mileston, was 58 in 1962, when he and friend Ben Square drove the 30 miles to Greenwood where SNCC was holding Freedom Meetings. Bravely, they invited the young SNCC organizers to set up a meeting at Mileston. In March 1963 Mitchell and others hid and housed the workers, and got a Mileston church to allow meetings in their building. In April, Mitchell and 13 others drove to the Courthouse to attempt to register to vote.

Sources:

Youth of the Rural Organizing and Cultural Center. Minds Stayed on Freedom: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Rural South, an Oral History. Boulder: West View Press, 1991.

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