The one-man civil rights march, which was started by James Meredith on June 5.20 miles south of Memphis, ended in Jackson, the capital of Mississippi on Sunday (26 June) with about 15,000 marchers.
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, USA
Meredith in Pith helmet, on right
Riding shot, sign - "Welcome to Jackson"
Children sitting on car wave confederate flags
Riding shot, people watching
White people with large confederate flags
Rear shot, march; capitol in background
Riding shot, police lined up on lawn
Group of marchers in front of capitol
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Background: The one-man civil rights march, which was started by James Meredith on June 5.20 miles south of Memphis, ended in Jackson, the capital of Mississippi on Sunday (26 June) with about 15,000 marchers. There were no outbreaks of violence. Mr. Meredith, who was shot on the second day of his march, led the parade of civil rights workers to the State House grounds.
The last day of the march started slowly from Tougaloo College, which is eight miles from Jackson, but picked up momentum when they entered the city. Thousands of Mississippi negroes flocked into the parade columns from street corners, churches and lawns.
Along the route were clusters of white youths with confederate flags, but state police kept them under control.
As the marchers came closer to the State House, more state police and national guardsmen were in evidence; the State House was ringed by helmeted policemen carrying tear gas and riot guns.
A civil rights rally was held on the grounds of the State House. James Meredith, who was the featured speaker, received the loudest and longest applause. He called for an end to factionalism among the numerous civil rights groups.