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July 15, 2003 Anniversary Event: US Marshals and UM Integration

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Friday, July 14, 2017 - 12:52pm

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Jennifer Ford
On November 20, 2001, the U.S. Department of Justice Main Building was renamed the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building in honor of the former attorney general. Part of the celebration included an exhibit entitled The Kennedy Justice Years 1961-1964. The extensive display included materials related to Robert F. Kennedy, the Kennedy family, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. A former U.S. Deputy Marshal who was aiding with photo identifications for the display, Graham E. Same - shot in the throat in the line of duty during the integration of the University of Mississippi in 1962 - expressed interest in visiting the exhibit. The Department of Justice took the opportunity to honor Same, as well as all of the Deputy Marshals present on the University of Mississippi campus the night of the riot on September 30, 1962, for their courage and bravery with medallions presented by the Attorney General.This ceremony took place on July 15, 2003 and brought together former U.S. Marshals, historians, authors, representatives from the University of Mississippi, Director of the U.S. Marshals Benigno G. Reyna, the U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft, James Meredith, and several others.
 
Featured below are the interior pages from the official program for the June 15th event which showcase some of the history, as well as the speakers and attendees. This document is a part of the Fortieth Anniversary Symposium and Observance of the Integration of the University of Mississippi Collection which is held in the University of Mississippi Libraries' Department of Archives and Special Collections
July 15, 2003 Department of Justice Symposium Program
July 15, 2003 Program for Department of Justice Observance