July 2, 1964

Mayor Ab Davis Harbour of Philadelphia, in commenting on the possibility of a visit by people from other areas of the United States to engage in “civil rights” activities, had this to say on the matter:

“They can do irreparable damage to the friendly relations that exist among all of our people, and regardless of how well-meaning their intentions might be, such activities tend to create tension among the citizens of our city and state.”

“It is the earnest desire that no harm should come to these young people, and your city officials urge that these young people who have come into Mississippi on the summer project, sponsored by the National Council of Churches and others, go immediately to the Chief of Police and register with him, in order that precautions may be taken by local officials in their behalf.”