Jerry P. Shinley Archive:Subject: Civil Rights Workers' Reports From Clintion, La.
Civil Rights Workers' Reports From Clinton, La.
Date: Wed, Nov 11, 1998 17:38 EST
The following are some brief quotations from the reports of civil rights workers assigned to the voter registration drive in Clinton, La. There are from the following microfilm collection:
Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) Papers
Part 2: Southern Regional Office 1959-1966
edited by August Meier and Elliot Rudwick
University Publications of America, Frederick MD
Reel 3, Frame 806
Status Report March 1, 1964 to March 31, 1964
"Everytime a strange face enters into Clinton, La., he is stopped and questioned by the town marshal."
Reel 4, Frame 492
Weekly Report August 1 - August 4 
"[Voter registrar Henry Earl Palmer] is very unfriendly and unnerves most applicants."
Reel 4, Frame 503
East Feliciana (Clinton) late Aug'64 [sic; should be '63]
"At night the sheriff and Manchester entered the church where the mass meeting was being held and announced they had subpenas for several people. Manchester marched to the front of the room with his hat on, and refused to take it off."
Reel 4, Frames 546
Field Report Jan 13 - Jan 26, 1964
".. Bill Brown was arrested for 'obstructing the highway' after the Town Marshall swerved his car off the road in an effort to hit Brown. Brown was released several days later on $150 bond."
Reel 4, Frames 549-550
Field Report Jan 27 - Feb 9, 1964
[The gas bills at the home of the woman hosting CORE workers has been excessively high for 2 straight months.] "The CORE chapter plans to circulate a petition to the mayor of the town requesting that a new meter-reader be employed; the present one is the Town Marshall, chief harasser of CORE workers and Negro citizens."
Reel 4, Frame 627
Summary Report April '65
"Henry Earl Palmer, registrar of voters and ace-high bastard, continues to obstruct Negro applicants vigorously."
Reel 4, Frame 658
Notes on Clinton Youth in Jail
"Lawyer Van Buskirk helped Deputy Bunch search the home of Mama Jo Holmes and took several of Ed Vickery's possessions."
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