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Ole Miss Football Game Transferred to Jackson for Fear of More Rioting

Oct. 4, 1962 - Fears of further violence over a Negro’s admission to the University of Mississippi led Federal officials today to prohibit the playing of a scheduled football game at the campus in Oxford. the game was transferred to Jackson after the Department of Defense issued a statement ruling that it could not be played in Oxford. The department acted under authority of President Kennedy’s executive order calling for the removal of “all obstructions to justice” in Mississippi. Gov. Ross R. Barnett (right) said he would see that a train was provided tomorrow to transport students to the Ole Miss-University of Houston game, which will be played Saturday in the state capital. James H. Meredith, the Negro student whose arrival on the campus Sunday night touched off a deadly riot, will leave Oxford for the weekend. He is not expected to attend the game.

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