1956 - Mississippi Spying: These photos show the government’s conspiracy against integration in the
In 1954, Brown v. Board of Education’s ban of state segregation laws was a major step toward integration and expanded civil rights. But not everyone was on board. Reacting to the federal decision two years later, Mississippi governor James Coleman created a new state agency, the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission, which for the next two decades would use the premise of protecting “the sovereignty of the state of Mississippi and her sister states” to wage a sweeping surveillance and subterfuge campaign aimed at capsizing the civil rights movement and disrupting other groups perceived as a threat to the Jim Crow status quo.
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