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Gov. Rockefeller Calls Mississippi Rioting “Deplorable”

Oct. 2, 1962 - New York Governor Nelson Rockefeller (pictured) termed the Mississippi situation “deplorable” today. He said it was “sad” that the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation should be marked by riots there and the burning of churches in Georgia. The Governor had words of admiration for the conduct of James H. Meredith, the Negro who was admitted to the University yesterday. “The courage and dignity of James Meredith and the heroic restraint of the Negro people in the face of incredibly trying circumstances have won the admiration of the great majority of Americans and of freedom-loving people throughout the world,” he declared.

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