Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference
Tougaloo, MS
Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference
Tougaloo, MS
Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference
Tougaloo, MS
Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference
Tougaloo, MS
Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference
Tougaloo, MS

Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference

Tougaloo, Mississippi

On June 25th – June 29th, 2014 on the historic Tougaloo College Campus, the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer was celebrated with over 3000 visitors. The conference was hosted by the Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movements, Inc., the Mississippi State Conference NAACP, Tougaloo College, One Voice and SNCC Legacy Project.

“In the summer of 1964, hundreds of summer volunteers from across America convened in Mississippi to put an end to the system of rigid segregation. The civil rights workers and the summer volunteers successfully challenged the denial by the state of Mississippi to keep Blacks from voting, getting a decent education, and holding elected offices. As a result of the Freedom Summer of 1964, some of the barriers to voting have been eliminated and Mississippi has close to 1000 Black state and local elected officials. In fact, Mississippi has more Black elected officials than any other state in the union. While the Freedom Summer of ’64 made profound changes in the state of Mississippi and the country, much remains to be accomplished. The Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference will convene in Jackson, Mississippi both to recognize the accomplishments and those who worked for changes to the politically segregated Mississippi and to discuss how to continue the struggle toward Mississippi reaching its full potential for all of its citizens.” – Excerpt from Mississippi Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference Website 

“Tougaloo College… reached the ultimate demonstration of its social commitment during the turbulent years of the 1960s. During that period Tougaloo College was in the forefront of the Civil Rights Movement in Mississippi, serving as the safe haven for those who fought for freedom, equality and justice and the sanctuary within which the strategies were devised and implemented to end segregation and improve race relations. Tougaloo College’s leadership, courage in opening its campus to the Freedom Riders and other Civil Rights workers and leaders, and its bravery in supporting a movement whose time had come, helped to change the economic, political and social fabric of the state of Mississippi and the nation.”  – Excerpt from Tougaloo College 

Duvall Decker was honored to provide event design and planning, logistical support, procurement and construction/venue setup.  The conference design included multiple venues in existing Tougaloo buildings and added tents where required, each re-characterized with strategically located oversized sized photographs from Freedom Summer.  The space of experience for the conference attendees, (many former freedom riders returning to Mississippi 50 years later), was suspended in a time gap, between the 1964 photographs and the 2014 Tougaoo campus.  The space of the conference celebrated the accomplishments, mourned those lost, in the Movement and looked forward to the work needed to archive the deferred promise of equal rights for all.

New U.S. Courthouse

Greenville, Mississippi

Small Arms Range

172nd National Air Guard Base, Jackson, Mississippi

James H. White Library, Itta Bena, MS

James H. White Library

Mississippi Valley State University, Itta Bena, Mississippi

Operation Shoestring

Jackson, Mississippi

Transitional Homes for Intellectually Disabled Adults

The Baddour Center, Senatobia, Mississippi

Simulation Training Facility

Camp Shelby, Mississippi

Fire Crash Rescue Stations

Jackson, Mississippi

Cooperwood, Flowood, MS

Cooperwood

Flowood, MS

Canton Readiness Center

Canton, Mississippi

Freedom Summer 50th Anniversary Conference

Tougaloo, Mississippi

Crossway Student Worship Center

Vicksburg, Mississippi

Ashmead Home, Chester County, PA

Ashmead Home

Chester County, Pennsylvania

Springdale Municipal Campus

Springdale, Arkansas

Missisippi Library Commission, Jackson, MS

Mississippi Library Commission

Jackson, MS

The Reserves at Gray Park

Greenville, Mississippi

Venyu Shreveport, LA

Venyu Shreveport, Data Center

Shreveport, LA

Army National Guard Facilities Design Guide

Mississippi Department of Information Technology Services Agency, Jackson, MS

MS Dept. of Information Technology Services Agency, Data Center

Jackson, MS

Burr Forman

Jackson, Mississippi

Hope HBCU-CDFI Economic Mobility Strategy Guide

Jackson & Itta Bena, MS

Dumas Hall Renovation, Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS

Dumas Hall Renovation

Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi

Rowan Hall, Alcorn State University, Lorman, MS

Rowan Hall

Alcorn State University, Lorman, Mississippi

Belhaven Pool House

Jackson, MS

Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Research Center, Tougaloo, MS

Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Civil Rights Research Center

Tougaloo College, Tougaloo, Mississippi

Midtown Housing Phase I, II and III, Jackson, MS

Midtown Housing

Jackson Housing Authority, Jackson MS

Oakridge House, Jackson, MS

Oak Ridge House

Jackson, MS

North Midtown Master Plan

Jackson, MS

Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building, Hinds Community College, Jackson, MS

Jobie L. Martin Classroom Building

Hinds Community College, Jackson, Mississippi

Mississippi Center for Justice, Indianola, MS

Mississippi Center for Justice

Indianola, Mississippi

UMMC Center for Telehealth Venyu Technology Campus Shreveport, Louisiana

UMMC Center for Telehealth Venyu Technology Campus

Jackson, MS

Simpson County School District

Simpson County, MS

west-jackson-master-plan

West Jackson Master Plan

Jackson, MS

Coahoma County Higher Education Center, Clarksdale, MS

Coahoma County Higher Education Center

Clarksdale, Mississippi

2915 N. State Street, Jackson, MS

2915 N State Street

Jackson, MS

Offices for Bradley Arant

One Jackson Place, Jackson, MS

Dunn Management

Jackson, MS