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Title

Easter Project Letter

Description

A letter from Lawrence Scott accepting an offer from Art Gatti to have another group of students come to Meridian, Mississippi to help rebuild churches. In it he cautions of increased KKK activity in the area due to groups aiding in the rebuilding.

Subject

Meridian (Miss.)
Ku Klux Klan (1915-)

Creator

Scott, Lawrence

Source

ArtGattiCollection.Box1.Folder2

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

2013-9-17

Date Created

1963-4-4

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JPEG

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577,948 bytes

Language

English

Type

Text

Spatial Coverage

Meridian (Miss.)

Text

723 ½ Rose Street
Jackson, Mississippi
April 4, 1965

Art Gatti
79-58 - 265th Street
N. Floral Park, New York

Dear Art Gatti:

I accepted your offer of a group to help at Easter time, because the group from Queens College had made a positive contribution in January. You are aware of the tensions under which we work in Mississippi. We have plenty of trouble in the State without importing any more. Therefore, it is important that your group come with a motivation to help in the complex human relations problem as well as work on rebuilding a church.

I am placing the Queens group in Meridian which is one of the tougher spots in the state. A group of ten from Notre Dame have just completed ten days of exemplary work on the three rural churches north of Meridian. The false rumor got out that they were a new civil rights group in town, and the Catholic hospital where they lived was harassed. The KKK was evidently activated and two days after- the group left, attempts v1ere made to burn two Negro churches in Meridian. Since then there have been news stories and favorable public interpretations of the church rebuilding program. Thus we don't want to take a chance on any group who wants to run around all over town in either Negro beer joints or civil rights circles. Such activity would be immediately interpreted as deception on the part of the Committee of Concern and Mennonites and Quakers who sponsor your appearance in Mississippi.

We will try to find housing for you in homes of white families. There will be six or eight students from Mississippi colleges working with you.

Your contact in Meridian will be Rev. Titus Bender, 3407 - 40th Avenue, Telephone 482-2738. Be sure to let both he and I know the approximate time of your arrival as soon as you can work out your travel schedule.

Sincerely,
Lawrence Scott
LS :ej
CC: Dr. Wm. P. Davis, Sidney B. Simon, Titus Bender

Original Format

8.5 x 11 inches (216 x 280 mm)
Paper
Correspondence

Citation

Scott, Lawrence, “Easter Project Letter,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed May 17, 2022, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/219.

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