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Photograph of a hat with SNCC pins on it

109. To the right of Pete Seeger's back, Gwen Clark in checked dress, then Artie Sims. Behind Clark are Richard Swanson, Elinor Tideman, Andy Schiffrin, Sue Schrader. Sam Brown, tall in white shirt with sun glasses. In front of Brown are Johnny R.…

Carolyn Thompson (L) and Gwen Thompson (R) in Meridian, Mississippi

Classes in the Meridian Freedom School were often arranged in circles, promoting new teaching methods and student interaction.

Art classes were important and popular in the Freedom Schools since these opportunities were not available to the students in the segregated schools.

Gwen Thompson (R) and Susan Schrader (L) taking a walk in Meridian, Miss.

Photo of Mrs. Polly Heidelberg

Mrs. Polly Heidelberg organized housing, usually with people living in the community, for the volunteers during their stay as well as community provided food for the school itself.

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Lelia Jean Waterhouse (L) holding QC notebook and Sharon Scott (R). The books in the background were donated by the school volunteers.

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Two women singing and clapping at the Mississippi Freedom School Convention
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