This photograph was found among the Thomas Foner Freedom Summer Papers. Thomas Foner worked as a volunteer with the Mississippi Freedom Summer Project in 1964. The collection documents his work with the project and contains substantial information about the conditions faced by volunteers during the summer.
Waiting on a porch for a ride was a common scene in my Mississippi neighborhood. Was she a participant, supporter in the Civil Rights Movement? Was she going to church, a funeral, a mass meeting? Was she on her way to visit family? Where was she going?