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Title:Integration of the University of Mississippi

Images and documents from the 1962 enrollment of James H. Meredith to the University of Mississippi. Sampling of pro- and anti-Integration correspondence concerning the integration of the University of Mississippi.

In January 1961, James Howard Meredith applied for admission to the University of Mississippi, receiving a letter of rejection on 25 May 1961. Following eighteen months of legal battles, the United States Supreme Court ruled in favor of Meredith on 10 September 1962, permitting his admission. Throughout September, Governor Ross Barnett attempted to prevent his enrollment. On 30 September 1962, Meredith arrived at the University of Mississippi campus to enroll. A riot erupted on the night of Meredith's arrival during which a white crowd attacked United States Marshals sent to protect Meredith; the arrival of federal troops ended the violence in the early hours of 1 October 1962; two bystanders were killed, 206 marshals and soldiers were wounded and 200 people were arrested during the riot. Meredith officially registered for classes in October 1962 becoming the first African-American student at the University of Mississippi.

Types:photographs | StillImage
Subjects:Meredith, James, 1933- | African American civil rights workers--Mississippi | College integration--Mississippi--Oxford | University of Mississippi--History | University of Mississippi--Riots | Race riots--Mississippi--Oxford | Federal-state controversies--Mississippi | Government, Resistance to--Mississippi--Oxford | United States, Mississippi, Lafayette County, Oxford, 34.3664951, -89.5192484 | United States, Mississippi, Lafayette County, 34.3519389, -89.4664677
Institution:John Davis Williams Library (University of Mississippi)
Contributors:John Davis Williams Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections
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