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Collection Title: Faulconer (James G.) Freedom Summer Report

Collection Number: M 385

Dates: 2000

Volume: 1 item

Provenance: Materials in this collection were generated by Rev. James G. Faulconer.

Donor: Rev. James G. Faulconer, November 27, 2000.

Copyright: This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical/Historical Sketch:

James G. Faulconer was born in 1928 in Jackson, Mississippi. The Faulconer family moved to Winchester, Kentucky to farm in 1937. Rev. Faulconer lived in Kentucky for the remainder of his childhood and early adulthood, graduating in 1950 from Transylvania College in Lexington and in 1953 from Lexington Theological Seminary.

During the course of his career, Rev. Faulconer served several churches, including First Christian Church of Kettering (Disciples of Christ) in Kettering, Ohio, where he began as pastor in 1962. Following his tenure at Kettering, he worked as a Pastoral Counselor in the mental health system, and was director of the Shelby County Mental Health Clinic in Sidney, Ohio, for 13 years. He retired in 1990.

In the early 1960s, Rev. Faulconer developed an interest in civil rights, particularly after reading about racial inequalities prevalent in the South in an article in Harper’s Magazine. In late June 1964, he was inspired to travel with a friend to Memphis to begin training as a Freedom Summer volunteer. After training, they were sent to Canton, Mississippi to help with voter registration efforts. They served for two weeks in Canton before returning home to Kettering.

Sources:

Contents of the collection.
Email correspondence with Rev. James G. Faulconer, May 20, 2004.
Scope and Content:

This collection consists of a four-page typewritten report authored by Rev. James G. Faulconer in November 2000. Rev. Faulconer spent two weeks volunteering in Canton, Mississippi during Freedom Summer 1964. The report describes his experience volunteering with a fellow church member from Kentucky, Fred Von Gruenigen; the time he spent with his host family, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Kelly; and an encounter with two prominent Canton businessmen.

This collection would be of interest to researchers of the Civil Rights movement during the 1960’s, especially those researching the experiences of volunteers participating in Freedom Summer 1964.


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