JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi’s largest synagogue is being honored with a historical marker honoring the role the congregation played during the civil rights movement. The marker was unveiled Friday at Beth Israel Congregation in Jackson. Beth Israel, which was Mississippi’s first Jewish congregation at its founding in 1861, hired Rabbi Perry Nussbaum in 1954, […]
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (AP) — Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke announced Friday on his website that he plans to run for U.S. Senate in Louisiana. “I’m proud to announce my candidacy for the United States Senate,” Duke said in a video. “I believe in equal rights for all and respect for all Americans. […]
MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) — Hundreds of protesters angry over police killings of black people occupied a key bridge over the Mississippi River Sunday night, blocking an interstate highway for hours before officers moved them off. Traffic on Interstate 40 stopped in both directions after Black Lives Matter protesters marched onto the bridge. Police in squad […]
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Two Ku Klux Klan members are facing federal weapons charges after police say the men had guns in a truck parked on the University of Mississippi campus during a protest last week. University police arrested Kyler Campbell and Virgil Dennison on Thursday, and an FBI agent said in federal court records […]
PARCHMAN, Mississippi — Craggy-faced and ornery, Edgar Ray Killen bears the signs of his 89 years. His hands are still scarred and rough from decades in the east Mississippi sawmills. He has a muscular build even as he maneuvers in his wheelchair. Time has not softened his views and he remains an ardent segregationist. And […]
SENECA, S.C. (AP) — Some residents in northwestern South Carolina say they found bags of candy on their street containing a piece of paper asking them to join the Ku Klux Klan. Residents in an Oconee County subdivision found the bags Saturday night or Sunday morning. The paper said “Save Our Land, Join the Klan.” […]
MONTGOMERY, Alabama (AP) — A onetime Ku Klux Klan leader is charged with burning a cross in a mostly black neighborhood in southeast Alabama, federal prosecutors said Friday. Steven Joshua Dinkle, 28, was indicted on charges of conspiring to violate housing rights; criminally interfering with housing rights; using a fire to commit a felony; and […]
Olen Burrage, who was acquitted in the case of three civil rights workers killed by Ku Klux Klansmen in Mississippi in the 1960s, has died. He was 82.
Burrage died Friday March 8 at a hospital, the McClain-Hays Funeral Home Chapel said. The funeral home did not release a cause of death.
Burrage owned land in Neshoba County in central Mississippi where the three civil rights workers were buried under an earthen dam after members of the white supremacist KKK killed them in 1964. He said he knew nothing about the killings and was acquitted of conspiracy in 1967.