Roosevelt and Beatrice Cole

Roosevelt and Beatrice Cole

Beatrice and Roosevelt (Bud) Cole were members of Mt. Zion Methodist Church in Neshoba County, Mississippi. They had just finished a church meeting on June 16, 1964 when a group of klansmen surrounded and burned the church, mistakenly believing the church meeting was a civil rights meeting. As they attempted to flee, the African American Coles were beaten and interrogated by members of the Klu Klux Klan (KKK). During this time, Mrs. Cole broke into prayer, and the Klansmen halted the beating of her 60-year-old husband, whose jaw they had already broken. This incident was investigated five days later by civil rights workers Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andy Goodman, who were killed that same night by members of the KKK.

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"...I fell on my knees and started praying to God that he would spare my husband, spare his life..."

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