Barbour: Memory ‘not much’ of MS civil rights era

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he has little personal recollection of Freedom Summer activities in his state in 1964, when the slayings of three civil rights workers outraged the nation.

Asked by The Associated Press on Thursday how much he remembers about the summer, the potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate said: “Not much.”

Barbour said he was a 16-year-old high school student in Yazoo City that summer and didn’t pay attention to news coverage. Barbour, who graduated as valedictorian of his high school class in 1965, also said he has no memory of discussions about civil-rights activities at the time.