Thursday, December 18, 2014

Freedom Summer 1964 Exhibit - Introduction

In 1869 the United States passed the 15th Amendment giving African American men the right to vote.

In 1920 women were given the right to vote. Because of Jim Crow laws many African Americans because of rules and restrictions they had to follow in order to be eligible to be registered to vote. Whites were not subject to such laws, regulations or restrictions.

The Civil Rights movement started in 1955. 

In the summer of 1964 organizations and churches sent people to the southern United States to help African Americans register for voting. This came to be known as Freedom Summer 1964.

Poll taxes are prohibited with the adoption of the 24th Amendment in 1965

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Voting Rights Act into law in 1965, preventing barriers to ethnic and racial minorities thus prohibiting any election practice that denies the right to vote on account of race.

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer.


On temporary display at the Iowa State Historical Building in Des Moines, Iowa is the Summer Freedom 1964 exhibit. The exhibit tells the story of two Iowans, Reverend Frazer Thomason and his wife Loris who traveled to Clarksdale, Mississippi to help with the effort of registering African Americans to vote at the polls.