1966 - Mississippi Voting Rights Activist Vernon Dahmer Dies After Bombing
In the early morning hours of January 10, 1966, about 10 miles outside of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the home of businessman and activist Vernon Dahmer was firebombed. Dahmer was a successful black businessman who was active in the NAACP and the voting rights movement. Dahmer’s wife, Elli, and their children managed to escape, but Vernon was lost his life after fighting off the attackers. See more of the story in this Moments In Civil Rights History episode.
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