On September 24, 1962, under threat of contempt of court, the Mississippi State College Board agreed to enroll James H. Meredith in the University of Mississippi. He would be the first Black American admitted as a student at Ole Miss since it opened its doors in 1848.
On Sunday afternoon, September 30, 1962, Meredith arrived on campus accompanied by over 120 U.S. Marshals and the Deputy Attorney General. A night long riot resulted in two deaths, 175 injuries and 212 arrests.
These letters were sent to a Deputy U.S. Marshal,Frank L.Springer of the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana who was part of the first team on duty at the University of Mississippi.
Notables include: President John F. Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy expressing their sincere thanks.
Letters from 1963
Letters from 1962
Letter to Mr. Frank Springer from President John F. Kennedy, Goodwin College
Letter to Mr. Frank Springer from Robert Kennedy, Attorney General, Goodwin College