Letter to Mississippi Department of Archives and History

 October 2, 2002

Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Attn: Elbert R. Hilliard
P.O. Box 571
Jackson, MS 39205

Dear Mr. Hilliard:

I am a prisoner at the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman who wishes to remain anonymous.

I am enclosing in this letter some original photographs, and a compact disc containing the images of some deceased Parchman prisoners.

It was in my work at Parchman that I first was exposed to these photographs.

Earlier this year, the prison official retired who was in possession of these photos.  He abandoned them in a pile of debris, and I was able to recover them.

I estimate that these photos were taken in the 1960s or 1970s, but I do not know that with any certainty.

I do not know who the people in these photographs are.  I do not know if the family members of these deceased prisoners ever knew what happened to them.

More probably, it is too late for the surviving family members to learn of the fate of their loved ones.

However, I would like to preserve the record for historians.

For these reasons, I am donating these photographs and this CD to the United States Library of Congress.

Very truly yours,

A prisoner of conscience

Prepared and submitted by The P.A.T.R.I.C.K. Crusade - a human rights organization www.patrickcrusade.org
P.O. Box 1891, Alabaster, Alabama35007