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Jackson State Tragedy

Mississippi Freedom Trail

 
 
Jackson State Tragedy Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
1. Jackson State Tragedy Marker
Inscription. Tragedy struck Jackson State College on May 15, 1970, when Jackson police and Mississippi Highway Patrol officers suppressed student unrest with intense gunfire. Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green were killed and many injured when bullets riddled Alexander Hall and peppered nearby areas. Law enforcement had massed at the college to subdue students protesting harassment from whites driving through campus, police Intimidation, and the recent killing of four student demonstrators at Kent State University by the Ohio National Guard.
 
Erected 2012 by the Mississippi Development Authority Tourism Division. (Marker Number 6.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi Freedom Trail marker series.
 
Location. 32° 17.848′ N, 90° 12.718′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Mississippi, in Hinds County. Marker is on John R. Lynch Street west of South Prentiss Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located at the west entrance to Jackson State University and across from Rose Embly McCoy Auditorium. Marker is at or near this postal address: John R. Lynch Street, Jackson MS 39203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Bobby Rush (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Gowdy Community (approx. mile away); Noel House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ishmon Bracey (approx. 0.7 miles away); St. Mark's Episcopal Church
Jackson State Tragedy Marker with the John A. Peoples Science Building in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
2. Jackson State Tragedy Marker with the John A. Peoples Science Building in background.
(approx. 0.7 miles away); Summers Hotel & Subway Lounge (approx. 0.9 miles away); Scott Radio Service Company (approx. 1.2 miles away); Edwards Hotel (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
 
More about this marker. This marker is the same on both sides. Normally the reverse side has photos and a longer description. Another unofficial website, (mississippimarkers.com) shows that type of reverse side for this marker and has the Gibbs-Green Tragedy (the two students killed) and their photos.

A second Jackson State Tragedy marker is apparently located near Ayers Hall on campus and was placed in April, 2012.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the Jackson State killings. (Submitted on October 24, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil RightsEducation
 
View of Jackson State University entrance near the marker. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 24, 2017
3. View of Jackson State University entrance near the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 24, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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