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5 Fun Facts About April 4 In Mississippi History

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1. On April 4, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee. King's assassination sent shockwaves throughout the country and led to widespread civil unrest in Mississippi and across the United States.

2. April 4, 1865 marked the end of the Civil War in Mississippi, as Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest, after losing a series of battles, surrendered his troops to Union forces in Gainesville.

3. On April 4, 2007, the Mississippi House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill to change the state flag, which features the controversial Confederate battle emblem. The bill ultimately failed to pass, but the debate around the Mississippi state flag continues to this day.

4. April 4, 1949 marked the founding of Jackson State University, a historically black university in Jackson, Mississippi. The university has played a significant role in promoting higher education and civil rights for African Americans in Mississippi and beyond.

5. On April 4, 1932, Mississippi native Charley Pride was born in Sledge. Pride went on to become one of the most successful country music artists of all time, with hits including "Kiss an Angel Good Mornin'" and "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone." He was the first African American to achieve country music stardom and remains an important figure in the history of Mississippi music.
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