Wall of Shame and Courage Photos

A collection of photos, some of which are from Mississippi,  showing the brutality and courage of the times.

“We fought during the war for America, Mississippi included. Now, after the Germans and Japanese hadn’t killed us, it looked as though the white Mississippians would.”         Medgar Evers


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Ole Miss sign











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Photo by Charles Moore. Two African American women being attacked










Children protesing in 1963 Birmingham, Alabama are led to jail

Segregated waiting room

Manager James Brock pours acid in the pool exclaiming that he’s “cleaning it” in St. Augustine Florida, 1964. Black and white swimmers are attempting to integrate the pool.


Separate, but unequal



James Meredith stopped at the steps of Ole Miss

White residents and students riot at Ole Miss


Newspaper editor L. Alex Wilson attacked in 1957, Little Rock Akansas

See the video behind this attack on Alex Wilson. Push slider to 7:58 minutes into reel

A group of white segregationists attack a group of blacks as they began to swim at the St. Augustine Beach, Fla., June 25, 1964.


 On June 3, 1963, Fannie Lou Hamer and other civil rights workers arrived in Winona, MS by bus. They were ordered off the bus and taken to Montgomery County Jail. The story continues “…Then three white men came into my room. One was a state highway policeman (he had the marking on his sleeve)… They said they were going to make me wish I was dead. They made me lay down on my face and they ordered two Negro prisoners to beat me with a blackjack. That was unbearable. The first prisoner beat me until he was exhausted, then the second Negro began to beat me. I had polio when I was about six years old. I was limp. I was holding my hands behind me to protect my weak side. I began to work my feet. My dress pulled up and I tried to smooth it down. One of the policemen walked over and raised my dress as high as he could. They beat me until my body was hard, ’til I couldn’t bend my fingers or get up when they told me to. That’s how I got this blood clot in my eye – the sight’s nearly gone now. My kidney was injured from the blows they gave me on the back.”


Marching for Civil Rights

Joined in solidarity

The Dogs of War

Silent Courage

Ezell Blair Jr. (Jibreel Khazan), David Richmond, Franklin McCain and Joseph McNeil, the four North Carolina A & T State University students who conducted the Feb. 1, 1960 sit-in at the counter of the Woolworth’s in Greensboro, N.C.

Hosed to stop a peaceful demonstration

“God was the original segregationist. . . he made the white man white and the black man black, and he did not intend for them to mix.”
                                                                             -Former Governor of Mississippi Ross Barnett

Separate, but unequal treatment

Battered but not broken

Professor Hellen Jean ONeal-McCrays mugshot at nineteen

See more of this College Professor’s civil rights courage here http://www.wilberforce.edu/news/faculty_79.html

A Mass of Humanity

A Memorial "From Revolution to Reconciliation" in Birmingham, Alabama

 For more pictures and info on this park of remembrance in Birmingham, go here:


Violla Liuzzo

Violla Luizzo, shot and killed by the Klan in 1965

Famous Quote “It’s everbody’s fight”


Freedom Riders killed by the Klan in 1963. From left to right, Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner.











Four little girls killed in a church bombing, 1963











Proudly opposing civil rights









Resistance of civil rights








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