Mississippi Freedom Project

mfp logo pngThe 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.

Archival Collections

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.

Ongoing Research

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.

Mississippi Freedom Project Events and Research News

Check Out Our Students’ Reflections On Our Annual Mississippi Freedom Trip

Jul 24th, 2018

Our students just got back from another successful and exciting trip doing oral history fieldwork in the Mississippi Delta as part of our Mississippi Freedom Project! The Mississippi Freedom Project… Read More

March 21-23rd, 2019: African American History Symposium

Jul 24th, 2018

From Segregation to Black Lives Matter. A Symposium and Celebration of the Opening of the Joel Buchanan Archive of African American Oral History at the University of Florida Free registration… Read More

Our Mississippi Freedom Project Summer 2018 Fieldwork Trip

May 4th, 2018

We will be continuing our Mississippi Freedom Project this Summer to travel to the Mississippi Delta for our annual fieldwork trip July 15th – 22nd. The Mississippi Freedom Project (MFP) is… Read More

Contact the Mississippi Freedom Project


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.