On the night of July 15, 1964, a car driven by Freedom Summer volunteers was stopped by law enforcement officers on a Mississippi highway. The volunteers, one white and one black, were their way to distribute voter registration materials. They were beaten, threatened, and then detained in jail for two days. This video segment from Iowans Return to Freedom Summer features first-hand accounts and narrated testimony of the victims describing the incident.
Check out the entire Experiences of the 1964 Freedom Summer Volunteers Collection.