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Bear Grass Civil Rights March

From the online collection “Daily Reflector Image Collection” is this picture of a civil rights march December 16, 1963 in Bear Grass.

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5 Responses to Bear Grass Civil Rights March

  1. I beleive these images are incorrectly identified and more likely associated with the old Beaunit industrial plant in Hamilton NC. The ECU library recieved the negatives for these from the Daily Reflector and in many cases the negative sleeves, if they survived, contained incorrect notations. A study of the back issues of the Daily Reflector on microfilm for the 1960s and early 70s will possilby reveal the true identification.

    On second thought, they also may be connected with the old Voice of America complex. At any rate, I think it can be safely said they are not associated with the Bear Grass community proper.

  2. taneya says:

    Thank you Fred for the feedback! The information you provided may indeed be helpful for anyone else interested in the picture.

  3. Fred Harrison says:

    Please allow me to correct my earlier comments. The photo’s were actually taken at the old Voice of America site not too far from Bear Grass, NC in December of 1963. Leading the event are Attorney Floyd McKissick, Rev. Arthur Thomas, Williamston’s Sarah Small, Rev. Lavert Taylor and Ed Blankenheim.

    The demonstration was a part of the Williamston Freedom Movement that ran from the summer of 1963 to the Spring of 1964. See David Carter’s article in the January 1999 edition of the North Carolina Historical Review, available in most NC public libraries. Also check Amanda Smith collection of oral histories entitled The Williamston Freedom Movement (McFarland Publishing, 2014). Copies available through Martin County Historical Society at PO Box 468, Williamston, NC 27892 or

  4. Taneya says:

    Thanks gain Fred!

  5. Mavis Jones says:

    Sarah Small is a descendant of my Great Grand Uncle, Frank Everett, I wrote a little about her on my personal blog.

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