Nettie Ann Cox was raised in Neshoba County, Mississippi, by a single mother. Cox vividly remembers the events of the Freedom Summer of 1964, from the efforts of the COFO workers to the burning of Mt. Zion Church and the murder of Goodman, Chaney, and Schwerner. She was influenced by these events and by her mother and community figures like Lillie Jones, with whom she would sit on the front porch across from the COFO office. As a long-time resident of Neshoba County, Cox can speak not only to the distrust black people had for their white peers and the importance of taking a stand but also to the positive changes that have occurred since the civil rights movement.
Nettie Ann Cox’s oral history, part 1 of 14:
Part one of her oral history can also be viewed here.