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5 Fun Facts About November 7 In Mississippi History

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1. On November 7, 1874, the Mississippi Knights of the White Camelia were formed in Yazoo City. This group was a secret organization that sought to restore white supremacy in the state through intimidation and violence.

2. On November 7, 1941, the USS Mississippi battleship was launched from a shipyard in Pascagoula. The ship was commissioned the following year and served in both World War II and the Korean War.

3. The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) was established on November 7, 1964. This group was formed with the goal of challenging the all-white Democratic Party in Mississippi and advocating for equal voting rights for African Americans.

4. On November 7, 1991, former Ku Klux Klan leader Edgar Ray Killen was found guilty of manslaughter in the deaths of three civil rights workers in 1964. The case had previously gone unsolved for over 25 years.

5. On November 7, 2015, Mississippi State University quarterback Dak Prescott threw for a career-high 508 yards and five touchdowns in a win over the University of Arkansas. This performance set several school records and helped lead the Bulldogs to a successful season.
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