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  • Many blacks in Mississippi still lived and worked on plantations in the 1960s.

    But as farming became increasingly mechanized and work dried up, more and more plantation workers were drawn to the civil rights movement.
  • In January 1966, a group of about 50 civil rights activists occupied Mississippi's defunct Greenville Air Force Base.

    The "live-in" was a means of getting shelter from the harsh Mississippi winter, and a protest against the extreme poverty of the evicted plantation workers.
  • Visit PBS Black Culture Connection to read more stories about civil rights photographers and the images that changed the world.

    Words and photographs by Maria Varela
    Produced by Mirissa Neff
    Music by The Southern Four (“Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”)

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