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LEGEND :       I = Face-to-Face Interview

                        P = Informal Phone Conversations

                        Ph I = Formal Phone Interview/Conference Calls

                        Q = Paper Questionnaire



[P and Q] Zev Aeolony – member of “The Americus Four,” activist from North


[P]  Beth Alston – managing editor of Americus Daily-Times Recorder, helped us publish an announcement of our visit in order to recruit interviewees


[P]  Reverend Addie Carson – cousin to and referred us to Lulu and James Griffin; only 5 years old at time of Sumter County Movement however


[I]   Ellie Castle Koinonia Farm Hospitality Coordinator, led our tour.


[I]   Sandra Mansfield – one of “girls of Americus ” jailed in Leesburg stockade in 1963


[Ph. I]  John Perdew – one of the “Americus Four,” SNCC activist from Harvard

[Ph. I] Pat Perdew – activist, wife of John Perdew


[P]   Virginia Davis Sench – demonstrator


[Ph I, frequent phone conversations]   John Cole Vodicka – director of Prison and Jail Project


[Ph. I, frequent phone conversations]   Lulu Westbrooks Griffin – one of the “girls of Americus ” jailed in Leesburg stockade in 1963


[Ph. I, frequent phone conversations]   James Westbrooks – Lulu’s brother and SNCC demonstrator/activist in 1960s


[I]   Frank Wiley teenage Americus activist, former UGA student


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