"Oh Freedom"
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This version of "Oh Freedom" was recorded in November, 1963, at a voter registration rally in Jackson, Mississippi. One of the organizers, Willie Peacock, leads demonstrators in the singing. "Barnetts" refers to Ross Barnett, Governor of Mississippi in 1963.

Lyrics

Oh freedom, oh freedom,
Oh freedom over me,
And before I'll be a slave,
I'll be buried in my grave,
And go home to my Lord and be free.

No segregation, no segregation
No segregation over me,
And before I'll be a slave,
I'll be buried in my grave,
And go home to my Lord and be free.

No more Barnetts, no more Barnetts,
No more Barnetts over me,
And before I'll be a slave,
I'll be buried in my grave,
And go home to my Lord and be free.

Oh freedom, oh freedom,
Oh freedom over me,
And before I'll be a slave,
I'll be buried in my grave,
And go home to my Lord and be free.

"Oh Freedom" performed by Willie Peacock and demonstrators. From Movement Soul, Folkways Records (FD 5486), provided courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. © 1980. Used by permission.

All photographs are from the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., August 28, 1963 (Courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration)