Voices of Civil Rights

Episode 4

Mississippi State Secrets

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Mississippi State Secrets
There was a mystery going on in Mississippi for almost 20 years beginning in 1956. Though the state was charged with prosecuting crimes, it set up something called the Mississippi Sovereignty Commission. Its job was to spy on people connected to the civil rights movement. We'll see why one observer called the commission, funded by the state through 1972, a combination of Keystone Cops and 1984. When commission records were finally opened in 1989, it had amassed a list of over 80,000 names.moreless
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