Ole Miss Riot, 1962
Updated: 6/16/2020
Ole Miss Riot, 1962
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  • The date is September 29, 1962. The next day was to be the first day for the first colored man at Ole Miss, James Meredith.
  • Ole Miss, September 29-30, 1962
  • Southern Segregationists were not happy about Meredith going to Ole Miss
  • Meanwhile, Governor Ross Barnett, an open segregationist, gave a speech at a football game encouraging action to block Meredith's entry.
  • JFK sent Federal Marshals to help Meredith arrive safely and as a preparation for the protests he expected
  • Meredith arrived, escorted by thousands of guards. People from all around came to protest against him going to Ole Miss
  • The number of people there kept going up and up, until 7:30 when a full riot broke out.
  • By 9:00 the riot had turned extremely violent. Many were injured, 2 died.
  • The next day, October 1, 1962, Meredith attended his first day at Ole Miss, escorted by guards.
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