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Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965$
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Davis W. Houck and David E. Dixon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781604731071

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604731071.001.0001

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Elizabeth Allen

Elizabeth Allen

June 16, 1964, Congressional House Subcommittee, Washington, D.C.

(p.257) Elizabeth Allen
Women and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1965

Davis W. Houck

David E. Dixon

University Press of Mississippi

Born on October 8, 1922, in Amite County, Mississippi, Elizabeth Taplin Allen was a civil rights activist whose husband, Louis Allen, was killed in 1964 after telling the truth about the murder of Herbert Lee, a local farmer and founding member of the NAACP in Amite County. On June 16, 1964, less than six months after her husband’s brutal murder, Allen testified before a House subcommittee in Washington D.C. This chapter reproduces Allen’s testimony, in which she described the terror faced by blacks in Mississippi due to white intimidation and lawlessness.

Keywords:   testimony, Elizabeth Taplin Allen, civil rights, Louis Allen, murder, Herbert Lee, NAACP, blacks, Mississippi, lawlessness

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