Mississippi Freedom Project
The Mississippi Freedom Project (MFP) is an award-winning archive of 200+ oral history interviews conducted with veterans of the civil rights movement and notable residents of the Mississippi Delta.
The collection centers on activism and organizing in partnership with the Sunflower County Civil Rights Organization in Sunflower, Mississippi.
- Oral history interviews for the Mississippi Freedom Project are available online at the University of Florida Digital Collections. Audio and additional interviews are available to access through the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program offices.
- “I Never Will Forget” (2014) An edited volume, compiled by MFP Coordinator Sarah Blanc, was released in June 2014 for the Freedom Summer reunions with the Sunflower County Civil Rights Organization in Mississippi. Over 100 MFP interviews were processed and transcribed between 2013-2014 thanks to generous support from George A. Smathers Libraries.
- Digital media resources including community workshops, podcasts, and organizing workshops are available online.
- Check out MFP on Wikipedia with lists of interviewees, topics, and project background!
2015 Elizabeth B. Mason Project Award
In Fall 2015, the Oral History Association recognized the mini-grant partnership between SPOHP and George A. Smathers Libraries for the “Freedom Summer Oral History and Library Curation Project” in 2013-2014 with its Elizabeth B. Mason Award for outstanding research goals and accomplishments. Coordinator Sarah Blanc accepted the award in October 2015 with project staff member Diana Dombrowski at the OHA conference in Tampa, FL.
Field research is conducted during annual research trips by students and staff who conduct oral history interviews, help to facilitate public workshops, and attend lectures with veteran activists. This work lends the collection a unique focus on connecting the historical lessons of organizing with Mississippi’s current social and political climate. In the most recent 2015 trip, researchers conducted interviews with the Equal Justice Initiative, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and more. Photo highlights below from the 2014 trip feature research in Natchez and the fiftieth anniversary reunion celebrations of Freedom Summer in the Delta.
Each semester, staff, volunteers, and interns process interviews for the Mississippi Freedom Project, transcribing interviews and organizing a yearly panel in Gainesville to report on archival research from the latest trip.
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Funding and Research Sponsorship
The Mississippi Freedom Project and research trip is sponsored by George A. Smathers Libraries, Mr. William De Grove, the UF Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, UF African American Studies program, UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UF Office of Research, The Sunflower County Civil Rights Organization & The Sam Block Civil Rights Organization.
For additional information, contact SPOHP, call the offices at (352) 392-7168, and connect with us online today. Above photo by Rosie King, Mississippi Freedom Project 2014 Research Trip photos by AAHP Coordinator Justin Dunnavant.