Interview with Peter Orris
QUESTION 14
INTERVIEWER:

LET'S CUT FOR A SECOND.[overlap] OKAY UH, I'M SKIPPING FORWARD JUST A LITTLE BIT BUT NOW DURING THE SUMMER WHAT, WHAT ACTIVITIES WERE YOU INVOLVED IN? I KNOW YOU WERE IN SOME OF THE MORE UH… CONDITIONAL… BUT WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THE SUMMER?

Peter Orris:

Following the uh, disappearance of uh, Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner uh, there was a decision made by the SNCC leadership that those of us that were going to go to the southwest area of Mississippi shouldn't go right away. Uh, that the situation was too tense and the possibility of uh, of, of mass violence and uh, and many more deaths was present. So they decided that we should go uh, in the interim to uh, Holmes County in the Delta and do the voter registration there, uh, that we were going to be doing in the southwest, in that area initially. So that's where we went to, we went to a town called Mileston um, which was outside of Chulah, in Holmes County in the Delta of Mississippi. And we spent uh, two to three weeks there uh, working on voter registration uh, and what that meant was uh, that we would be going to peoples' houses uh, who we knew were not registered to vote uh, but were certainly eligible to vote and we would go and begin to talk to people about uh, the uh, uh, Freedom Dem… the Freedom Democratic Party, about registering to vote, about the programs that were uh, being put forward, about being ready to drive people to the uh, to the courthouse uh, and go with them while they registered and uh…