• Short Summary

    OVER FOUR THOUSAND MOURNERS ATTENDED FUNERAL SERVICES IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, YESTERDAY ( SATURDAY) FOR MEDGAR EVERS, THE NEGRO INTEGRATION LEADER WHO WAS KILLED BY A SNIPER'S BULLET LAST WEDNESDAY.

  • Description

    OVER FOUR THOUSAND MOURNERS ATTENDED FUNERAL SERVICES IN JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, YESTERDAY ( SATURDAY) FOR MEDGAR EVERS, THE NEGRO INTEGRATION LEADER WHO WAS KILLED BY A SNIPER'S BULLET LAST WEDNESDAY.

    THE BIG CROWD JAMMED THE NEGRO MASONIC TEMPLE WHERE BANKS OF FLOWERS SURROUNDED THE PLAIN GREY METAL CASKET.SEVERAL PEOPLE COLLAPSED FROM EMOTION AND THE HEAT - DURING THE 1 1/2-HOUR SERVICE.

    AFTER THE SERVICES CAME A 1 1/2-MILE DISCIPLINED MARCH, LED BY POLICE MOTOR CYCLE SQUADS, TO THE FUNERAL PARLOUR WHERE THE BODY HAS BEEN TAKEN.THOUSANDS OF NEGROES STAYED MILLING IN THE STREET IN THE NEGRO SECTOR OUTSIDE THE PARLOUR SINGING THE SONG OF THE FREEDOM MARCHES: "BEFORE I'D BE A SLAVE I'D BE LYING IN MY GRAVE".

    THEN SUDDENLY, SEVERAL HUNDRED OF THE MARCHERS WHEELED AND SURGED INTO THE DOWNTOWN AREA SHOUTING "WE WANT THE KILLER.WE WANT FREEDOM".POLICE MOVED IN QUICKLY WITH RIOT GUNS AND TRUNCHEONS TO SEAL OFF THE AREA.FIRE TRUCKS MOVED INTO POSITION.BOTTLES BEGAN TO FLY THROUGH THE AIR.

    U.S.ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN DOAR HELPED THE POLICE BREAK UP THE DEMONSTRATION AFTER ABOUT 50 MINUTES.MR.DOAR STRODE THROUGH A HAIL OF BOTTLES AND STONES AND URGED THE NEGROES TO END THE DEMONSTRATION AND RETURN HOME.

    ABOUT 75 PERSONS ARE REPORTED ARRESTED BEFORE PEACE WAS RESTORED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA44JJ445HSIFH1DB75W0ZJQL7E
    Media URN:
    VLVA44JJ445HSIFH1DB75W0ZJQL7E
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/06/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:10:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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