African American Heritage

James Meredith and the March Against Fear

Activist James Meredith, the first African American to enroll at the University of Mississippi began a solitary civil rights walk on June 6, 1966 with the intention to walk from Memphis, Tennessee to Jackson, Mississippi. Shortly after beginning the march he was shot by James Norvell, a white gunman. After the shooting, several major civil rights activists and organizations responded in the form of continuing the walk in honor of Meredith. By the end of the march on June 22, 1966 the number of marchers had risen to approximately 15,000 in Jackson, Mississippi making it one of the largest marches in history for that area.

Records Relating to the March Against Fear

Web Highlights

NDC Blog:  James Meredith and his March Against Fear

Record Group 60: Department of Justice (DOJ)

Class 144 (Civil Rights) Litigation Case Files, 1936 - 1997  National Archives Identifier 603432

Selected Records

144-40-570 [Shooting of James H. Meredith (1966)]

Record Group 65: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Classification 44 (Civil Rights) Case Files

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Classification 157 (Civil Unrest) Case Files

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