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5 Fun Facts About April 19 In Mississippi History

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1. On April 19, 1956, civil rights leader Medgar Evers was fired from his job as an insurance salesman in Jackson, Mississippi due to his activism in the NAACP. This event sparked Evers' full-time commitment to the civil rights movement.

2. April 19, 1960 marked the first sit-in demonstration in Mississippi, which took place in Woolworth's store in Jackson. African American students from Tougaloo College and Jackson State University sat at the store's lunch counter, refusing to leave until they were served.

3. In 1995, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was bombed, killing 168 people. Among the victims was Jackson, Mississippi native Jerry L. Parker, who was working as an attorney in the building at the time of the attack.

4. On April 19, 2005, the body of Emmett Till was exhumed from a cemetery in Illinois for additional forensic examination. Till, who was a 14-year-old African American boy from Chicago, was brutally beaten and murdered by two white men in Money, Mississippi in 1955.

5. A tornado outbreak occurred in Mississippi on April 19, 2011, resulting in extensive damage to several communities. The outbreak was part of a larger severe weather event that affected several states in the southeastern United States.
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