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5 Fun Facts About September 30 In Mississippi History

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1. On September 30, 1962, James Meredith became the first African-American student to enroll at the University of Mississippi, following a violent riot on campus.

2. On September 30, 1903, civil rights activist and NAACP leader Medgar Evers was born in Decatur, Mississippi.

3. On September 30, 2017, the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opened in Jackson, chronicling the struggles and accomplishments of the civil rights movement in the state.

4. On September 30, 1939, blues singer and guitarist John Lee Hooker recorded his first song, "Boogie Chillen," in Jackson, Mississippi.

5. On September 30, 1864, Confederate forces under General Sterling Price were defeated by Union troops in the Battle of Allatoona Pass, which took place partly in Mississippi but primarily in Georgia.
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