1969: Choctaw court re-established

March 10, 1969: James Earl Ray sentenced to 99 years in prison for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination

July 1969: Charles Evers elected mayor of Fayette

Charles Evers Inauguration Button
Charles Evers Inauguration Button

The brother of slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers, Charles Evers was the first African American mayor elected in Mississippi since Reconstruction.

August 17, 1969: Hurricane Camille hits Mississippi Gulf Coast

Hurricane Camille damage, Gulfport
Hurricane Camille damage, Gulfport

The storm killed 259 people and caused $1.42 billion in damages.

Image: View more photographs of the aftermath of storm in the Hurricane Camille Photograph Collection in the Digital Archives.

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October 29, 1969: U.S. Supreme Court rules that school districts must end segregation at once

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