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5 Fun Facts About November 25 In Mississippi History

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1. On November 25, 1957, nine black students known as the "Little Rock Nine" attempted to enter Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas but were met with mobs of angry white protesters. Although this event occurred in Arkansas, it had significant impact throughout the South, including Mississippi, where similar incidents of resistance to desegregation occurred.

2. Mississippi State University's first African American student, Richard Holmes, enrolled on November 25, 1965. Holmes was one of the first black students to attend a formerly all-white university in Mississippi after the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

3. The Mississippi Burning trial began on November 25, 1964. The trial, held in Meridian, Mississippi, sought justice for the murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. The case drew nationwide attention and resulted in the conviction of seven men.

4. Blues legend B.B. King was born on November 25, 1925, in Berclair, Mississippi. King's innovative sound and influence on the genre earned him the nickname "The King of Blues."

5. On November 25, 1863, Confederate troops under General Joseph E. Johnston launched a surprise attack on Union troops under General William T. Sherman at the Battle of Missionary Ridge in Tennessee. The Confederate assault was initially successful, but Sherman regrouped and led a counterattack that ultimately resulted in a Union victory. Many Mississippians served on both sides of the conflict.
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