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5 Fun Facts About September 7 In Arkansas History

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1. In 1966, civil rights activist James Meredith was shot while on a solo march from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi. Meredith had been the first African American student to attend the University of Mississippi in 1962. After surviving the shooting, he continued his march and reached Jackson on June 26, 1966.

2. On September 7, 1901, a race riot erupted in the small town of Elaine, Arkansas. The riot was sparked by tensions between white plantation owners and black sharecroppers, who were organizing to demand better wages and working conditions. The riot resulted in the deaths of dozens of black men, women, and children, and the arrest and beating of hundreds more.

3. The Buffalo River National Park was established on September 7, 1972. The park, which is located in northern Arkansas, is famous for its pristine wilderness and rugged natural beauty. Visitors can hike, camp, fish, and canoe in the park, and see wildlife such as elk, deer, and black bears.

4. On September 7, 1957, nine African American students attempted to integrate Little Rock Central High School. The students, known as the "Little Rock Nine," faced violent opposition from white protestors and were escorted into the school by federal troops. The integration of the school was a major milestone in the civil rights movement, and helped pave the way for desegregation across the country.

5. Arkansas native and former President Bill Clinton was born on August 19, 1946. Clinton served as governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and from 1983 to 1992, before being elected as President of the United States in 1992. During his presidency, Clinton pursued policies such as welfare reform and gun safety legislation, and presided over a period of sustained economic growth.
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