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The Thompson Sisters and Their Involvement in NAACP and CORE

The Thompson Sisters of New Orleans, LA were first a part of the New Orleans Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and eventually the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE). They participated in many sit ins and protests, most notably, the Freedom Rides of 1961 which tested the Interstate Commerce Law. Beaten, and sometimes mauled by crowds, these three sisters showed extreme courage as they helped desegregate the south during their high school and college careers.

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ALICE THOMPSON

Freedom Ride from Hattiesburg, MS to Poplarville, MS on November 14, 1961

Freedom Ride from New Orleans to McComb, MS on November 29, 1961

 

Documents Related to Freedom Rides

  • November 20, 1961 - MS Sovereignty Commission Report on November 14, 1961 Integration of Greyhound Bus Station in Poplarville, MS

  • December 8, 1961 - MS Sovereignty Commission Report on November 30, 1961 Integration of Greyhound Bus Station in McComb, MS , A.L. Hopkins, Investigator

Newspaper Articles on Integration Activities

                       

Jean Thompson

Freedom Ride from Montgomery, AL to Jackson, MS on May 24, 1961

Freedom Ride from Hattiesburg, MS to Poplarville, MS on November 14, 1961

 

Documents, Photos, and Videos Related to Freedom Rides

Newspaper Articles on Integration Activities 

                       

SHIRLEY THOMPSON

Freedom Ride from New Orleans to Jackson, MS on June 6, 1961

 

Documents Related to Freedom Ride

Newspaper Articles on Integration Activities

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Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle For Racial Justice" by Raymond Arsenault

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"Righteous Lives: Narratives of the New Orleans Civil Rights Movement" by Kim Lacy Rogers

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Breach of Peace: Portraits of the 1961 Mississippi Freedom Riders by Eric Etheridge

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