When the civil rights movement came to Meridian, Mississippi, Roscoe Jones was determined to be a part of it. Having worked to integrate lunch counters and the public library, Jones stood ready to go to work when Freedom Summer volunteers arrived in town. He was at the office for the Council of Federated Organizations (COFO), when word arrived that Cheney, Goodman, and Schwerner had gone missing. Today, he is hoping to preserve the buildings in Meridian that tell the story of the movement.
“Freedom Summer” premieres June 24 on American Experience PBS.