This year marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, the campaign to register African American voters in Mississippi. The three men pictured above, all volunteers for the cause, were murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan on June 21st, 1964, drawing national attention to the conditions of civil rights in the state. Our Ben Shahn papers feature this illustration and correspondence from Carolyn Goodman, the mother of Andrew Goodman - read more here.
Interior of playbill with prints by Ben Shahn depicting James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. Ben Shahn papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.