Pushing Forward

The Story of Mississippi's Youngest

Freedom Rider

My Story

My name is Hezekiah Watkins. That mugshot I'm pointing to on the wall is of me.  In 1961, the Freedom Riders set out to desegregate buses and stations in the south. As they made their way into Mississippi, they were arrested for breach of peace.  


I was also arrested at the Greyhound Bus Station in Jackson, Mississippi but instead was sent off to Parchman Penitentiary where I was placed on Death Row at the age of thirteen.  


I am Mississippi's youngest Freedom Rider, and I am finally telling all of my story in the book,

Pushing Forward

Thank you. 

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Congratulations to Mr. Hezekiah Watkins for receiving the Civil Rights Legends award from the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies!

Mr. Hezekiah Watkins speaking to a group of students at the Freedom Rides Museum in Montgomery, AL
Mr. Hezekiah Watkins was a selected panelist for a discussion on Civil Rights at the
2019 Mississippi Book Festival
February 19th
1905 University Ave,
1905 University Ave, Huntsville, TX 77340, USA

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