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5 Fun Facts About July 22 In Mississippi History

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1. On July 22, 1944, civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer was arrested and beaten by police in Winona, Mississippi for attempting to register to vote. This experience led her to become a prominent voice in the Civil Rights Movement.
2. On July 22, 1964, three civil rights workers - James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner - were abducted and murdered by members of the Ku Klux Klan in Neshoba County, Mississippi. The case attracted national attention and helped to galvanize support for the Civil Rights Act.
3. July 22, 1976 marked the opening of the Vicksburg National Military Park Visitor Center, which commemorates the Battle of Vicksburg and the Siege of Vicksburg during the American Civil War.
4. On July 22, 2006, the Mississippi Braves minor league baseball team played their first game in Trustmark Park in Pearl, Mississippi. The team is affiliated with the Atlanta Braves and has since become a popular sports attraction in the state.
5. On July 22, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the City of Meridian, Mississippi, alleging that the city's juvenile justice system violated the constitutional rights of young people by detaining them for minor offenses without adequate due process. The case resulted in a settlement and reforms to the city's juvenile justice system.
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