Civil Rights Letters – Admitting James Meredith

Civil Rights Letters – Admitting James Meredith

 

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.

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Letters from 1963

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Letter from John W. Douglas, Assistant Attorney General Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice, Goodwin College

Letters from 1962

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Letter to Mr. Frank Springer from James V. Bennett Director of the United States Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, Goodwin College

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Letter to Mr. Frank Springer from President John F. Kennedy, Goodwin College

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Letter to Mr. Frank Springer from Robert Kennedy, Attorney General, Goodwin College

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Letter to Mr. Frank Springer from T.W. Markley, Warden of the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, Goodwin College

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Memo to All Personnel from T.W. Markley, Warden of the United States Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana, Goodwin College