RCC Honors History Project

Vernon Dahmer’s epitaph

Posted by mcelynrh on March 30, 2009

Birth:   Mar. 10, 1908
Hattiesburg
Forrest County
Mississippi, USA
Death:   Jan. 10, 1966
Hattiesburg
Forrest County
Mississippi, USA
Civil Rights Activist. A successful businessman, he was a leader of voter registration drives for African Americans in the South during the 1960s. He served as president of the Forrest County, Mississippi chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. On the night of January 10, 1966, his home was the target of a firebomb by the Ku Klux Klan. His family was able to escape but he died the next day from his injuries. In August of 1998, Samuel H. Bowers, former Imperial Wizard of the KKK, was convicted of Dahmer’s murder.
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