1960: Ross R. Barnett becomes Mississippi’s fifty-third governor
February 1, 1960: Wave of sit-ins at segregated lunch counters begins in Greensboro, North Carolina
These sit-ins were led principally by African American college students.Link to the catalog
April 24, 1960: Biloxi Beach wade-in held
May 16, 1960: President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960
November 8, 1960: John F. Kennedy elected president
Mississippi’s votes went to ultra-conservative candidate Senator Harry Byrd, who was not on the primary ticket of either party.