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Mississippi Negro Will Run for Congress, First Since Reconstruction

Dec. 15, 1961 - A 58-year-old Jackson Negro grocer said today he would oppose Representative John Bell Williams in the Fourth District Congressional race in Mississippi next year. The Negro, Robert L.T. Smith, was among the four persons who filed a Federal court suit several months ago seeking to halt state donations to the pro-segregation Citizens Councils. Mr. Smith would be the first Negro to run for Congress in Mississippi since the Reconstruction era. Associates said Mr. Smith would announce his party affiliation at a news conference soon. Mr. Williams, his prospective opponent, is a Democrat.

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