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Louisville, Kentucky
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Sunday, January 16, 1966
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JL 10 THE COURIERJOURXAL. LOtlSVILLE. KY. SUNDAY MORXING, JANUARY 16, 1966 m Memorial March Swirls Into Uproar HATTIESBURG. Miss. (AP) - A memorial march for a civil-rights leader slain by a fire-bomb attack on his home swirled into furious uproar yesterday when police arrested a marcher; The tense situation teetering on the brink of violence was finally eased by civil rights leader Charles Evers" bellowed pleas and commands. The uproar came when two city officers forced their way into the ranks of the some 500 marchers to seize a Negro they said was drunk. The march was staged in downtown Hattiesburg shortly before the funeral for Vernon Pahmer, 58, former president of the Forrest County branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored Teople (N'AACP). The marchers assembled at St. James Methodist Church, paraded to the county courthouse, then back to the church, led by two Negro policemen manning T fT Related story, Page A 17. Associated Prs Wirephoto PROTEST MARCHERS at Hattiesburg, Miss, jam a downtown intersection as their march halted temporarily yesterday while NAACP officials discussed an arrest incident with police. The march continued shortly afterward. GOP Congressmen Hit Legislature of Georgia a cruiser with flashing red lights. Other City police on motorcycles and state highway patrolmen guarded the marchers, and FBI men looked on. Scattering of Whites at Funeral In contrast to the march, the funeral was a scene of quiet weeping at a tiny Shady Grove Baptist Church about five miles" outside Hattiesburg. There was a scattering of whites among the 1,000 who attended. The family included seven of the eight Dahmer children. Betty, 10, remained at the hospital, where she was under treatment for burns received in the fire-bombing. Four of Dahmer's six sons two Air Force sergeants in dress blues and two Army men, a sergeant and a specialist, in dress greens were among the mourners. White residents who attended the funeral waited outside the church during services and later went, one by one, to the family to express sympathy after the coffin was lowered into the grave. President Johnson sent a telegram of sympathy to the family, and Atty. Gen. Nicholas Katzenbach sent an assistant, Wiley Branton, to represent him at the funeral. Downtown, Evers. a strapping 6-footer who is state field director for the NAACP, was shoved off the sidewalk, along with another Negro, on the return march to St. James Church. Men in the angry, shouting crowd pointed out City Policeman James Owen as the officer who pushed both Evers and J. C. Fairley, president of the county NAACP. Firing of Officer Demanded The shouting Negroes demanded that Owen be fired on the spot. State and city police along the march route ran to the scene. Owen told Police Chief Hugh Herring that he pushed the Negroes when he saw another demonstrator "reach into his coat, as if he had a weapon." Dist. Atty. James Finch told the demonstrators, "There will be no street trial." However, Finch said Owen would face a Civil Service Commission hearing with both sides having an opportunity to testify. Herring and Finch joined Evers in talking the crowd down. The marchers resumed ranks and returned to the church. A few minutes earlier, speaking from the steps of the county courthouse. Evers told the crowd that the Ku Klux Klan : was responsible for Dahmer's death. "I hope the Ku Klux Klan of this state realizes that Negroes are no longer afraid," Evers said. "Every time you kill one of us, 10,000 more of us will march." Evers addressed the Negro marchers massed on the courthouse steps. About 200 whites, who stood silently in the street, showed no emotion. 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