Photographer Notes :
This railroad track near Greenwood, Mississippi, is one of many in the deep South that helped the more fortunate African Americans escape a life of oppression in the early part of the 20th century. During the 1950’s-1960’s the Civil Rights movement came to a head in this region following the Brown vs. The Board of Education ruling and lynching of 14-year-old, Emmett Till. A battleground for equality, Greenwood was home to several active Civil Rights organizations who, along with the town’s African American residents, volunteers and activists were arrested in nonviolent protests, subjected to economic retaliation and repeated violence by police and whites.