The Vicksburg White Leaguers Indulge in Another Killing Matinee — The Result of a Premeditated Conspiracy
Jackson, Miss., 0ct 21. 1875. [Published Oct 26, 1875, Chicago Inter-Ocean]
To the Editor of the Inter-Ocean. In your issue of the 14th inst. a dispatch reported an attack upon three negroes in the street, and the killing of one of the number, locating the scene in Little Rock, Ark. The same report in the Globe-Democrat of St. Louis, I am told, located the affair in New Orleans. Now the truth is it was not in either of the cities named that this murderous affair transpired, but in the city of Vicksburg, here in Mississippi, the most infamous city of the size on the continent.
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More Negroes Assassinated in Vicksburg — Men Shot Down in Their Own Homes — A Brief Account of the Horrid Condition of Affairs in That City — The Crack of the Pistol and the Doom of the Poor Negro [Correspondence of the Cincinnati Commercial]
Jackson, Miss., Oct 14, 1875. [Chicago Inter-Ocean]
News reached me of the killing of some more negroes over at Vicksburg on the night of the 12th, and I have now before me the facts in the case. It will be seen that if there is a place on God’s green earth where murder is the order of the day, where assassins perpetrate the most villainous acts without fear of punishment, and where good citizens are at a discount, Vicksburg certainly is that place. She is certainly in the bands of the most desperate characters, and the ability of any officer or set of officers to protect innocent citizens no longer remains. Her Mayor is an imbecile, wanting in character and backbone, a man who makes a public exhibition of his intoxication, and who lacks in nearly every sense the requisites necessary to fit him for his present position. Her Marshal Is devoid of character or principle, and is surrounded by a set of policemen who are in league with the desperadoes, and cannot be induced to notice the most flagrant outrages. One of her papers is edited by men of bad character, or no character at all, while the other rather encourages lawlessness on the part of whites than to condemn it, and both seem rather pleased when they hear a negro has been killed, even if he be one of the most innocent and inoffensive men in the community.
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Martin Luther King Statue (1986) & 16th Street Baptist Church (1884), 1530 6th Ave N, Birmingham, AL, USA on Flickr.
Ku Klux Klan members planted 19 sticks of dynamite outside the basement of church, Sun., 15 Sept, 1963 • exploded, 10:22 a.m, killing four girls, injuring 22 others, all preparing for church’s “Youth Day” • funeral for three of the victims attended by more than 8,000 mourners, black & white • city officials did not attend • JFK assassinated 2 mos. later • church is across street from Kelly Ingram Park (West Park), site of clashes between police and civil rights marchers spring, 1963 • Wikipedia • New York Times • Washington Post • Birmingham Public Library • Klan Bombing of Birmingham Church 1963 -Youtube (03:54) • designated U.S. National Historic Landmark, 2006 • National Register #80000696, 1980
7 ft. bronze statue of Martin Luther King, Jr by little remembered Italian sculptor Giancarlo (Carlo) Roppa, sculpted using photo he said was favorite of King’s wife, Coretta Scott King • at dedication, Joseph Lowry, head of Southern Christian Leadership Conference declared it “the best-looking statue of Dr. King I’ve ever seen” • John Drew, friend of King, said, “This is not a good likeness of Martin. It’s not Martin. So surprised. This could be anybody. This could be an actor playing his part.” • former city councilman John Katopodis said, “It’s lifelike, except it doesn’t look anything like Martin Luther King. Other than that it’s very realistic.”