Slain activist's family sees Mississippi Civil Rights Museum - FOX10 News | WALA

Slain activist's family sees Mississippi Civil Rights Museum

Posted: Updated:

By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The family of a man killed in 1966 by the Ku Klux Klan has gotten a private preview of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum that is opening next month.

Vernon Dahmer (DAY'-mur) of Hattiesburg was targeted because he encouraged fellow African-Americans to register to vote during the Jim Crow era.

His widow, 92-year-old Ellie Dahmer, toured the museum Friday with four surviving children and several other relatives. It includes a gallery with photos and descriptions of how the Dahmer home was firebombed.

Daughter Bettie Dahmer says she hopes young people, particularly those from poor areas of Mississippi, will learn from the museum.

A jury in 1998 convicted one-time Klan leader Sam Bowers of murder and arson in the Vernon Dahmer killing. Bowers died in prison in 2006.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly
FOX10TV.com
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WALA; Mobile, AL. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.