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This page is the gateway for background information on the place, the people and the ideas represented by the McComb Freedom School Play. 


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McComb, Mississippi:  A discussion of the environment in which this particular freedom school operated. 

Freedom Summer:  A discussion of Freedom Summer--the participants and activities. 


Freedom Schools:  A description of Freedom Schools--the people, places and goals. 

'The House of Liberty' (poem) by Joyce Brown

After the building housing the McComb, MS, Freedom School was bombed during Freedom Summer of 1964, no one was willing to provide another place so the teachers and students conducted classes on the scorched earth of the burned building. The poem 'The House of Liberty' by 16-year-old Joyce Brown, a Freedom School teacher/student, inspired community adults to rise above their fear and reopen the doors of churches to Movement activity, begin donating money and food to freedom fighters, and participate in voter registration.


Incidents of Violence in Pike County 1964:  reported by the U.S. Civil Rights Commission Hearings

Map of Mississippi