Daughters of slain civil rights volunteer speak at NCRM - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Daughters of slain civil rights volunteer speak at NCRM

(Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Viola Luizzo was murdered on her way home from the 1965 march. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Viola Luizzo was murdered on her way home from the 1965 march. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Women who had a front row seat to history shared their stories at the National Civil Rights Museum on Thursday night. 

Penny and Sally Luizzo are the daughters of Viola Luizzo; a white volunteer who participated in the march to Montgomery back in 1965, but was then murdered while driving home.

"I was scared for her when she called and said 'I'm leaving' and I begged to go for her instead. I said 'please let me go Mom because I don't think I'm ever going to see you again,'" said Penny, who was just 18 at the time.

Viola was then the target of an FBI smear campaign.

The story was made into a documentary called "Home of the Brave."

Copyright 2015 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly