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Hattiesburg Civil Rights Film

Identifier: M588

Form of Material

The collection is comprised of two user DVDs and the restricted, original 8 mm video. The Hattiesburg Civil Rights Film, recorded in 1964, shows interracial protestors outside of the Forrest County Courthouse singing freedom songs and marching. Men in helmets are presumably police officers. Later in the video, it starts to rain. The original box in which the 8mm video was located is postmarked February 7, 1964, just following the January 22 Freedom Day that occurred for voter registration in Hattiesburg. Descriptions of the event match the video in this collection, though there are no indications on the video itself of its contents. The run time is 2:19, and the video is in color and soundless.


  • Creation: 1964

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

The Civil Rights Movement of the late twentieth century sought an end to racial discrimination and led to the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Freedom Day was organized by the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO) on January 22, 1964 in an attempt to register African American voters in Forrest County, Mississippi. The Hattiesburg protest was attended by activists like Fannie Lou Hamer, Aaron Henry, and white members of the National Council of Churches (NCC). Bob Moses and Oscar Chase were both arrested, though at the week’s end approximately 150 African Americans had completed voter registration tests.


1 Folder

Language of Materials



This collection consists of one video of what appears to be the Freedom Day protests of January 22, 1964 that occurred for voter registration outside of the courthouse in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The Hattiesburg Civil Rights Film is of particular interest to researchers studying the Civil Rights Movement, Mississippi, and Hattiesburg.


This small collection consists of one folder.

Digitized Materials

For Digitized Materials from this collection, see: External Documents link at bottom of page.

Related Materials

M27, United States of America vs. Theron C. Lynd, Registrar of Voters for Forrest County, Mississippi - Legal case

M168, Peter Stoner Papers

M334, Daisy Harris Wade Papers

M340, J. C. Fairley Civil Rights Collection

M369, Anthony J. Harris Civil Rights Memoir

M482, Lawrence D. Spears Civil Rights Collection

M519, Robert F. Kennedy Civil Rights Letter


Case File

Contents from the collection


Donated by Anonymous Donor via Lewis Ross on February 14, 2009
Hattiesburg Civil Rights Film
Collection processed and finding aid written by Jonathan Puckett
14 January 2020
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

118 College Drive - 5148
Hattiesburg MS 39406-0001