Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Marses in:
 • Cedarlawn Cemetery
 • Philadelphia
 • Neshoba County
 • Mississippi
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Florence Latimer Mars
Birth: Jan. 1, 1923
Mississippi, USA
Death: Apr. 23, 2006
Philadelphia
Neshoba County
Mississippi, USA

Author. She is best-known for her book "Witness in Philadelphia" (1977), about the 1964 killings of civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner and James Earl Chaney in Mississippi. Mars repeatedly spoke out against the Ku Klux Klan and other forces oppressing the black population of east central part of the state. Testifing before a federal grand jury, she was a significant source of information in the F.B.I.'s investigation of the killings. As a result the Klan made threats against her life and she was subjected to other forms of harassment. She also stepped into the forefront of the battle for civil rights in her town, and allied herself with the Council of Federated Organizations, a consortium of civil rights groups. In 2005 Mars was in attendance in a Philadelphia courtroom when Edgar Ray Killen was found guilty of manslaughter in the deaths of Goodman, Schwerner, and Chaney, and sentenced to 60 years in prison. She died of congestive heart failure at 83. (bio by: Elizabeth Reed) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Adam Longino Mars (1899 - 1934)
  Emily Geneva Johnson Stribling (1899 - 1998)
 
Burial:
Cedarlawn Cemetery
Philadelphia
Neshoba County
Mississippi, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Apr 29, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14118483
Florence Latimer Mars
Added by: Elizabeth Reed
 
Florence Latimer Mars
Added by: Grayson Mars Miller
 
Florence Latimer Mars
Cemetery Photo
Added by: NatalieMaynor
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

In memory of a true and courageous Citizen.
-Anonymous
 Added: Jun. 21, 2014
Remembered 8 years later
- Nancy Forrest
 Added: Apr. 22, 2014

- Tom A. Hawk
 Added: Jan. 1, 2014
There are 39 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.1 after 19 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service