African American Heritage

The Deacons for Defense and Justice


The Deacons for Defense and Justice was founded in 1964 in Jonesboro, Louisiana to protect civil rights activists from the Ku Klux Klan. The organization was made up of black veterans from World War II, who believed in armed self-defense. The Deacons for Defense provided protection for people participating in protest marches in Mississippi in 1966.

Records Relating to the Deacons for Defense

RG 65 - Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

Record Group 65: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Classification 157 (Civil Unrest) Case Files

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