Rioting breaks out at ‘Ole Miss’ 50 years ago this hour (1962) as first African-American prepares to enroll


Video: Deadly Riots at Ol' Miss

(Sunday, September 30, 1962, 8:15 p.m. EDT, during the American Civil Rights Movement)Rioting broke out tonight at the University of Mississippi as a mob joined students on the campus in anticipation of the enrollment of James Meredith as the first African-American student at “Ole Miss.”

4,000 troops of the 108th Armored Cavalry Regiment of the Mississippi National Guard was “federalized” under the command of Brigadier General Charles Billingslea of the U.S. Army to restore order, taking the side of the United States against the State of Mississippi.

Two people were killed by unknown persons. Paul Guihard, a British reporter on assignment for the Agence France-Presse, was shot in the back, and a local jukebox repairman, George Gunter, was shot in the head.

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