Johnson served from 1964 to 1968.Link to the catalog
1964: Paul B. Johnson, Jr. becomes Mississippi’s fifty-fourth governor
1964: Surgeon James Hardy leads world’s first heart transplant at University of Mississippi Medical Center
In a controversial procedure, the team transplanted a chimpanzee heart into a human being.
1964: Choctaw Central High School built
1964: Jefferson Military College closes
January 23, 1964: 24th Amendment to U. S. Constitution adopted
The 24th Amendment abolished the poll tax.
January 31, 1964: Louis Allen found dead, riddled with buckshot in his driveway
February 7, 1964: Mistrial declared in Byron De La Beckwith’s murder trial
The all-white jury deadlocked in the trial for the murder of Medgar Evers.
April 17, 1964: Second mistrial declared in Byron De La Beckwith’s murder trial
Another all-white jury deadlocked.
April 26, 1964: Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party formed
May 1964: Journalist Hazel Brannon Smith wins Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing
Smith was the editor and publisher of the Lexington Advertiser.
May 2, 1964: Henry Dee and Charles Moore abducted and killed by Ku Klux Klan
James Ford Seale and Charles Marcus Edwards, members of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, were arrested. Edwards gave the FBI a signed confession, but after the FBI turned the information over to local authorities, a justice of the peace dismissed the charges.
June 1964: Freedom Summer begins
Thousands of civil rights volunteers, mostly college students from other states, poured into Mississippi to help African American residents register to vote.
June 21, 1964: James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner killed by Ku Klux Klan outside Philadelphia
June 29, 1964: U.S. Congress passes Civil Rights Act of 1964
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin and abolished southern “Jim Crow” laws by prohibiting discrimination in public facilities, government, and employment.