On June 9, 1963, Fannie Lou Hamer and other civil rights activists were traveling on a Greyhound bus, returning from a voter registration workshop in South Carolina. Despite threats from the bus driver that he would notify police at the next stop, the group remained in the “white” section of the bus. When they arrived at the Winona depot, they also sat at the “white only” lunch counter. The activists were arrested and taken to jail.
White jailers forced two African American prisoners to beat Hamer. She was severely beaten and nearly killed, but continued to be a activist for civil rights.
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