Fannie Lou Hamer joins the SculptHER Collection.
Who is Fannie Lou Hamer?
~ Fired from her plantation job for *attempting* to register to vote in 1962
~ Victim of eugenics and forced hysterectomy by a white doctor without consent during a routine tumor removal surgery
~ Finally was able to register to vote in 1964 but was immediately arrested for sitting in a “whites-only” bus station, victim of police brutality in Mississippi jailhouse
~ Co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1964
~ Spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 1964, directly addressing President Lyndon Johnson
~ Helped organize Freedom, Summer, in 1964, bringing hundreds of Black and white college students to cote in the Segregated South
~ Became a member of Mississippi’s first integration racial parity delegation in 1968
~ Began a “pig bank” to provide free pigs for Black farmers in 1968 and launched the Freedom Farm Cooperative (FFC), buying up land that Blacks could own and farm collectively
~ Purchased 640 acres and launched a coop store, boutique, and sewing enterprise
~ Single-handedly ensured that 200 units of low-income housing were built—many still exist in Ruleville today.
~ Helped found the National Women’s Political Caucus in 1971
~ She passed away in 1977 at the age of 59 due to breast cancer