Strachan, who is a member of the Carroll County Democratic Party, has several artifacts from 1964 in his vast collection of political memorabilia. In particular, one of those artifacts is from the Democratic National Convention, which took place in the summer of 1964, in Atlantic City. That convention was one of the pivotal moments in the Civil Rights era.
“I just think that that the Freedom Summer was an important part of history,” Strachan said. “And it was definitely a big part in the history of the Democratic Party.”
Strachan explained that brave individuals such as Fannie Lou Hamer made strides in registering African Americans to vote in Mississippi.
Hamer was instrumental in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and was later the Vice-Chair of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, attending the national conventional in Atlantic City.
A golden-rimmed plate from the convention 50 years ago is a centerpiece in Strachan’s collection. He said he plans to place the plate on display at this week’s Mississippi Democratic Party Dinner, which honors Hamer in its name.
“The dinner is called the Jefferson/Jackson/Hamer Dinner,” Strachan said. “I’ve already sent a picture of the commemorative plate from the 1964 Democratic Convention to State Chairman Rickey L. Cole.”
Cole responded to Strachan saying that the ’64 convention was a pivotal event in American History.
“We will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Democrats challenge during our Jefferson-Jackson/Hamer Dinner this Friday,” Cole said. “Ken [Strachan] has found an important piece of Mississippi and Democratic History.”
Strachan shared the commemorative plate with North Carrollton alderman and Democratic Party member Tom Hearn.
“Tom [Hearn] has always been an activist when it comes to the Democratic Party,” Strachan said. “When it comes to doing things for the party, he’s always been there, 100 percent.”