Cotuit Center for the Arts, Cotuit, MA, Wednesday, July 9
On July 9, a capacity audience heard a reading of Candace Perry's play "Meridian Summer" and gained insight into how a town reacted to three Civil Rights workers gone missing in 1964.
In June, 1964, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, and James Chaney (pictured at left in this stunning piece by Pamela Chatterton-Purdy), all in their 20s, were given permission by the trustees of Mt. Zion to use their building for a “Freedom School.” The next day the building was bombed and burned to the ground.
The three young men arrived at the site, and were devastated by what they saw. The police arrested them for arson. They were released from jail late at night and murdered, as part of a plan hatched by Sheriff Cecil Price and deputy Lawrence Rainey, members of the Ku Klux Klan.
Candace Perry's play is inspired by these tragic events of 50 years ago.This reading was sponsored by Zion Union Heritage Museum in Hyannis, MA.