The Freedom House Complex

The SNCC Workers Freedom House Complex was a trio of houses on Wall and Denwiddie Streets owned by Mrs. Willie Mae Cotton and Mr. Antoine AcNulty. Mrs. Cotton had opened her home to SNCC workers early in the Movement. In preparation for the 1964 Summer Project, she extended housing to additional workers, and later that summer other houses were made available as the project expanded and workers came to teach in the freedom school. The third house also served as the Delta Ministry Office.

A core group of experienced SNCC workers and COFO volunteers lived in these dwellings continuously from early 1964 through the summer of 1966. In July 1964, the Freedom House at 702 Wall Street was bombed, injuring activists Dennis Sweeney and Curtis Hayes.