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Between Remembrance and Repair: Commemorating Racial Violence in Philadelphia, Mississippi

Claire Whitlinger


Few places are more notorious for civil rights–era violence than Philadelphia, Mississippi, the site of the 1964 “Mississippi Burning” murders. Yet in a striking turn of events, Philadelphia has become a beacon in Mississippi’s racial reckoning in the decades since. Claire Whitlinger investigates how this community came to acknowledge its past, offering significant insight into the social impacts of commemoration. Examining two commemorations around key anniversaries of the murders held in 1989 and 2004, Whitlinger shows the differences in how those events unfolded. She also charts how the 200 ... More

Keywords: civil rights, commemoration, Edgar Ray Killen, memory movements, Mississippi, Neshoba County, Philadelphia, Mississippi, race, social change, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469656335
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469656335.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Claire Whitlinger, author
Furman University