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Freedom Summer Trial: The Trial of Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price

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All Ages
Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 2:00pm

In June of 1964, the Mississippi Summer Project was started by the Council of Federated Organizations to register Mississippi's African Americans to vote, set up Freedom Schools to educate Mississippi's African American population, and to create an alternative Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party which would be inclusive of African Americans.  Even though Violence was highly anticipated, the nation was shocked when three civil rights works: James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner disappeared on June 21.  After the FBI was brought into search for the missing civil rights workers, progress was made and the bodies were discovered in an earthen dam 44 days later.  To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of this event, Deputy Sheriff Cecil Price will be tried for murder and conspiracy to commit murder here at the Bowie Branch Library.  The honorable William Missouri will preside, and high school debate students from will prosecute and defend Cecil Price.  Evidence will be presented to a jury selected by lottery from the audience.  At the conclusion of the trial, the jury will be sequestered until they render a verdict.  This will be the sixth annual trial conducted at the Bowie Branch Library, to observe  significant moments in American History.  Adults and teens are welcome to attend.

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