Spencer Perkins's Unpublished Autobiography Chapter: "Philippi"

1990 - 1998
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Spencer Perkins, the son of John Perkins, the leader of the Civil Rights Movement in Mendenhall, Mississippi, writes about the biggest march that occurred in Mendenhall during the movement, and the aftermath of that march. Perkins describes the days leading up to the march, and the frequent, threatening phone calls that men with southern drawls made to his house. The march was relatively peaceful, but after the march, the state police redirected a van full of marchers to Brandon Jail. Jailers in Brandon were violent and white aggressors, and his father, Curry Brown and Joe Paul Buckley went to the jail to try to keep these activists free. Perkins explains that overnight, his father, Curry Brown, and Doug were brutally and violently beaten, and that his father told his mother that if he was in jail for one more night, he would certainly die. Perkins connects this experience with the story of Paul and Silas in the Philippian Jail and also describes his father’s much weakened state following the beatings. He and includes a note that his father wrote one morning following the incident explaining that he would be going to the hospital for intensive surgeries and that if he did not survive, Perkins should take up the mantle of the man of the house, and take responsibility for caring for his family.

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Document Description: eight-page typewritten document; located in PLT Archive folder "Perkins, Spencer 'Philippi'"; part of unpublished book containing chapters 3SP01.013SP03.01, 3SP04.01 and 3SP09.01; The publication years noted in this doc entry reflect that this document is a chapter from an unpublished book writen by Spencer Perkins in the eight years before his death in 1998.

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