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Parchman Prison

Clip: Season 30 Episode 5 | 2m 51s

In May of 1961, the Freedom Riders crossed into Mississippi. They entered a white only waiting room in Jackson and were arrested. They were sent to Mississippi’s notorious Parchman Prison and continued their protest from inside.

Aired: 05/22/18

Rating: NR

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