In 1964 — at the height of the civil rights movement — Westporter Tracy Sugarman traveled to Mississippi. He was part of the brutal Freedom Summer.
Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Chaney were in his training class. On his 2nd day there, they disappeared. They were never seen alive again.
An artist and writer, Sugarman wove that experience — and many more in the South — into his works. Fannie Lou Hamer, and many other civil rights leaders, visit him often, at his Owenoke home.
Dennis Jackson attended Staples High School during that era. He now lives in Wilton. The other day, on a tour of he new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, he spotted this tribute to Tracy Sugarman.