By Zoe A. Colley
An exploration of the impression on imprisonment of people all in favour of the Civil Rights stream as a complete.
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Having committed itself to jail-no-bail, SNCC so far had not had the opportunity to test these values. The executive secretary, Edward King, responded to the appeal by calling for people to “join [the activists] at the lunch counters and in jail. ”6 In early February, SNCC members Charles Jones, Charles Sherrod, Ruby Doris Smith, and Diane Nash traveled to Rock Hill, and shortly after were arrested during a lunch counter sit-in. Jones and Sherrod were sentenced to thirty days’ hard labor. Nash and Smith were sent to the women’s section of the county jail.
She was later hospitalized with a fractured knee. By the time the tear gas had cleared, a total of 388 students had been taken into custody. Clearly, the “honeymoon” Jail-No-Bail! 23 The Orangeburg jail, with a maximum capacity of fifty-eight, was soon overflowing. The majority of the students were forced into an open stockade without shelter from the ravages of the cold March weather. A suspected leader of the protest, Isaac Arnold, was locked in the hole: a “damp, dungeon-like cell” with water covering the floor, which prisoners were placed in as a form of punishment.
Determined to continue their protest, the remaining students left McCrory’s and headed toward Woolworth’s, only to find their path blocked by a group of angry whites. Their plans frustrated, the group returned to campus, where news of the intimidation inspired around one thousand students to march again upon Woolworth’s. This time the protesters were intercepted not by white youths, but by the Tallahassee police. Verdine Smith, who participated in the march that day, described how “The policemen started toward us in a skirmish line formation.
Ain't Scared of Your Jail: Arrest, Imprisonment, and the Civil Rights Movement by Zoe A. Colley