As part of Freedom Summer, COFO helped create “Freedom Schools”in communities across the state. Freedom Schools were designed to provide traditional instruction in reading, writing, and arithmetic, along with an awareness of black history and politics.
The students were encouraged to write essays about conditions in their neighborhoods, including racism. Some students look back on these classes now as eye openers that allowed them to imagine an integrated world. Mt. Talley Missionary Baptist Church, in the Stallo Community, hosted Neshoba County’s only Freedom School in 1964.
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