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.
Upcoming MFP Trips:
The trip is scheduled for late July, early August. Please complete the application below by April 30, 2020 at 11:59PM. If you have any questions, feel free to email the trip coordinator: Omar Sanchez (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Some of the places we have traveled to in the past include: Tallahassee, FL, Montgomery, AL, Natchez, MS, Glendora, MS, Elaine, AR. Our finalized itinerary will be released upon acceptance to the fieldwork trip.
Additionally, thanks to the help of generous donors, the only cost that students will be required to pay for on the trip is meals; however, we always recommend that you bring additional money for personal shopping.
Attend one informational meetings over the summer (virtual or in person)
Study scholarly works about the Civil Rights Movement in the Delta (materials will be provided)
Conduct fieldwork for a week throughout the Mississippi Delta
Write a reflection essay about the trip
Mississippi Freedom Project Events and Research News
- Our Mississippi Freedom Project Summer 2020 Fieldwork TripThis year is our 13th annual Mississippi Freedom Project trip where we travel through the Delta region which is the heart of the modern Civil Rights Movement. On this trip, we will continue to help document the legacies of the 1919 Elain Massacre in Phillips County, Arkansas under the direction of the Elain Legacy Center ...
- Check Out Our Students’ Reflections On Our Annual Mississippi Freedom TripOur 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 (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 ...
- SPOHP-ed Written by Mississippi Freedom Trip Researchers Published in the Gainesville SunMarcela Murillo and Chad Chavira participated in our 10th Annual Mississippi Freedom Project trip last month. Check out their op-ed, “Effects of Till’s Murder Still Felt Today,” through which they reflect on their experiences in the Mississippi Delta. Co-writing credits to UF students Nicole Yapp and Toni-Lee Maitland: Marcela Murillo and Chad Chavira: Effects of Till’s ...
- Mississippi Freedom Project Partnership Recognized by Oral History Association with Elizabeth B. Mason AwardLast fall, the OHA granted the award to the mini-grant partnership between SPOHP and George A. Smathers Libraries for the “Freedom Summer Oral History and Library Curation Project” in 2013-2014. Read more "Mississippi Freedom Project Partnership Recognized by Oral History Association with Elizabeth B. Mason Award"
- SPOHP Alumna Jessica Taylor in Oral History Review for Summer/Fall 2015: “We’re on Fire”Taylor wrote for the Summer/Fall 2015 Oral History Review, drawing from the Mississippi Freedom Project to discuss the preservation, commemoration, and rebirth of Mississippi’s Civil Rights Sites. Read more "SPOHP Alumna Jessica Taylor in Oral History Review for Summer/Fall 2015: “We’re on Fire”"
- San Francisco Bay View: Tribute to Civil Rights Activist Margaret BlockMargaret Stroud Block, long time civil rights activist, passed away June 20 in Cleveland, Mississippi, where she was born and raised. She lectured at universities and organizations throughout the U.S., particularly in the eastern part of the country, on civil rights and current education policies. Read more "San Francisco Bay View: Tribute to Civil Rights Activist ...
- “Students explore civil rights history” with the Natchez Museum of African American History and CultureRead about coverage in the Natchez Democrat of SPOHP’s recent Mississippi Freedom Project trip, including the “Unfinished Business, Race, Democracy, and the Ongoing Struggle for Civil Rights” panel with AAHP graduate coordinators. Read more "“Students explore civil rights history” with the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture"
- Celebrating the Life of Margaret Block, Civil Rights Activist and Inspiring Mississippi Freedom TeacherMs. Margaret Block passed away in June 2015. Join the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program in sharing memories of her life and legacy. Read more "Celebrating the Life of Margaret Block, Civil Rights Activist and Inspiring Mississippi Freedom Teacher"
- “I Never Will Forget” Mississippi Freedom Project Oral History Volume Newly Featured on CivilRightsTeaching.orgCivil Rights Teaching, a project of Teaching for Change, highlighted the MFP publication released last year for the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer. Read more "“I Never Will Forget” Mississippi Freedom Project Oral History Volume Newly Featured on CivilRightsTeaching.org"
- Anticipating MFP’s Upcoming Field Research Trip with Gator Treks & UF Alumni AssociationBrittany Hibbert, trip alum and soon-to-be UF grad, featured last year’s Mississippi Freedom Project research trip celebrating the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer through Gator Treks with the University of Florida Alumni Association! Read more "Anticipating MFP’s Upcoming Field Research Trip with Gator Treks & UF Alumni Association"
- 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!
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 trip, researchers were able to help document the legacies of the 1919 Elaine Massacre in Phillips County, Arkansas under the direction of the Elaine Legacy Center. During this trip researchers are also able to reflect on the impact of the Civil Rights movement at the Equal Justice Initiative’s Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice.
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.
Contact the Mississippi Freedom Project
- Omar Sanchez at email@example.com
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.
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.