Beam, Sally: Oral History

Sally Beam was a juror on the Grand Jury case against Edgar Ray Killen, the man responsible for the murders of the civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney, and Andrew Goodman. She begins by discussing how outsiders viewed Neshoba County, the reasons for the county officials to re-open the case, and how the people of Neshoba County viewed the re-opening of the case this late after the actual event. Beam then goes on to talk about the testimonies and the goings-on within the trial. She explains how the murders took place and the myriad of people behind them. She closes with her feelings during the aftermath of the conviction of Edgar Ray Killen and the court’s inability to bring charges against any new suspects without the presence of sufficient evidence.

Sally Beam’s oral history, part one:

Neshoba County – Interview with Sally Beam 01 from Winter Institute on Vimeo.

Part one of her oral history can also be viewed here.