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5 Fun Facts About August 7 In Mississippi History

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1. On August 7, 1964, civil rights activist Andrew Goodman was laid to rest in his hometown of New York City. Goodman and two other activists were abducted and murdered while participating in the Freedom Summer voter registration drive in Mississippi.

2. On August 7, 2006, Hurricane Ernesto made landfall in Mississippi, causing widespread flooding and power outages. The storm caused significant damage to homes and businesses in coastal areas.

3. August 7 marks the birthdate of blues musician Magic Slim, born in Grenada, Mississippi in 1937. Slim was known for his guitar playing and powerful vocals, earning him a place in the Blues Hall of Fame.

4. On August 7, 1942, U.S. Army forces under General George S. Patton arrived in French Morocco, initiating the Allied invasion of North Africa during World War II. Mississippi soldiers played a significant role in the African campaign, with many serving in the 1st Armored Division.

5. August 7, 1961, was the first day of a three-day civil rights march from McComb, Mississippi to Jackson. The march was organized by the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and was met with violent resistance from white supremacist groups. Despite the hostility, the marchers persisted, and the event is remembered as a pivotal moment in the struggle for civil rights in Mississippi.
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