Florence Mars

Florence Mars

Florence Latimer Mars, a self-described "WASP lady with eight great-grandparents buried in Neshoba County" was the author of Witness in Philadelphia, about the aftermath of the 1964 killings of civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Earl Chaney. She earned the wrath of the Klu Klux Klan (KKK) after speaking out as a white woman against the oppression of the black community and becoming an ally of the Council of Federated Organizations (CFO). She was targeted by the KKK after becoming a source for FBI agents investigating the killings and testifying before a federal grand jury. The KKK organized a boycott against the stockyard where she sold cattle, forcing it to close, and Mars was compelled to resign from leadership positions at the First United Methodist Church. In June 2005, Mars was in the courtroom when Edgar Ray Killen (a former KKK organizer), then 80, was found guilty of manslaughter regarding the civil rights workers case and sentenced to 60 years in prison.

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