1970: Most public school districts desegregate

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1970: Henry S. Jacobs Camp opens in Utica

Opening summer at Henry S. Jacobs Camp (Courtesy of the Institute of Southern Jewish Life)
Opening summer at Henry S. Jacobs Camp

Jewish parents in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and western Tennessee create the region’s first Jewish summer camp.  Designed to provide religious instruction and a uniquely Jewish social environment, the camp continues to serve Jews in the Deep South.  Winona native Macy B. Hart led the camp for its first thirty years.

1970: Mississippi Public Television begins broadcasting

1970: U.S. Navy awards Ingalls Shipyard contracts with total value of $2 billion

1970: Jackson State students killed at Vietnam War protest

Two students were killed and twelve were wounded when Jackson police fired on the protesters at the college campus.

1970: First year since World War II that more people moved to Mississippi than left state

April 12, 1970: Sharecropper Rainey Poole disappears

Report on the Poole murder (MDAH Collection)
Report on the Poole murder

His body was found two days later in the Sunflower River.

Image:  From the files of the Mississippi State Sovereignty Commission.

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