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The U.S. Marshals and the Integration of the University of Mississippi:  40th Anniversary Symposium and Observance of the Integration of the University of Mississippi

Commerorative Coin of the Integration of the University of Mississippi

The University of Mississippi looks much different in 2002 than it did in 1962.  Since the work of those deputy marshals who enforced the court ordered desegregation of the University of Mississippi in 1962 was never celebrated — and rarely mentioned — state and university officials recently made up for lost time by honoring them as well as other law enforcement and military personnel who were involved in safeguarding James Meredith’s right to attend classes at the University of Mississippi.  On right, Commemorative Silver Coin presented to James Meredith | Copy of Program |

 Atorney General Ashcroft, James Meredith, U.S. Marshals Service Director Benigno Reyna

Attorney General John Ashcroft, James Meredith, and U.S. Marshals Director Benigno Reyna

On Oct. 1, 2002, more than 200 people, including Director Reyna and Mississippi Governor Ronnie Musgrove, commemorated the bravery of those who stood in the way of violence and civil disobedience. James Meredith was present as well.

Attorney General Ashcroft, James Meredith,U.S. Marshals Service Director Benigno Reyna


Retired deputies and family members who were involved with the University Integration efforts.

Some of the deputies that were part of the historic moment and their family members

Retired deputies recounting details of the historic moment.

Retired deputies providing commentary on the events surrounding James Meredith's attending his classes at the University of Mississippi.

Meredith meeting with retired deputies

James Meredith and family members meeting with retired deputy U.S. Marshals

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Read about the past | Trouble Brewing | Holding Firm | Continued Protection | Robert Kennedy's Statement
The Present: 40 Years Later | The 40th Year Commemoration | Message from Director Benigno Reyna is an official site of the U.S. Federal Government, U.S. Department of Justicee