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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