Lake Charles American-Press from Lake Charles, Louisiana on July 6, 1964 · Page 3
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Lake Charles American-Press from Lake Charles, Louisiana · Page 3

Lake Charles, Louisiana
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Monday, July 6, 1964
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""A , JULY 6, I A)!, Lokc Charles American Press NAACP Officials Register at Mississippi Hotels, Motels JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- Negro leaders plan to move further into Mississippi today to inspect civil rights developments after quietly integrating several previously all-white facililies-in- eluding two hotels—in Jackson, Officials of the National Asso- nation for the Advancement of Colored People registered without incident Sunday at two downtown hotels and a motel, then received service in the coffee shop of one—all without incident. Four unidentified Negro youths attended a previously all- white movie theater and more i than a dozen Negroes in several , cars were served at a drive-in | cafe for whites. At the drive-in, i all four tires on one car were ! slashed while its Negro passen- I gcrs were inside, Charles Evcrs. state field secretary for the NAACP, said the : four-day civil rights inspection i tour would continue today with I the group's officials leaving 1 Jackson for Canton, then a visit to Philadelphia in the afternoon and a mass meeting in Meridian tonight. The trip to Philadelphia apparently will concern the case of three civil rights workers missing since June 21. The trio vanished after their release from jail, where they had been taken on a speeding charge. They were Michael Schwerner and Andrew Goodman, white New Yorkers, and James Chaney, a Meridian Negro. Biracial groups of more than a dozen board members and staffers of the NAACP arrived in Jackson on three different flights Sunday to begin the statewide inspection tour. The first racial barriers fell when two of the group checked into the Heidelberg Hotel. Detectives and newsmen witnessed the first registration of Negroes at a dtwntown hotel since Reconstruction days. After spending 20 minutes in their room, the pair returned to the main floor where they were joined by three other Negroes. AH entered the hotel's coffee shop, and were served. Later, a five-member hiracial group checked into the King Edward Hotel, a few blocks away. They caused little attention and no incident. About the same lime, a six- member Negro group went to the Sun-N-San motel. The clerk said simply, "Sign in, please." Newsmen and detectives watched. Other guests paid little attention. Several white guests at the motel sunned around the swim- jming pool, which was reported 'dosed because of "insufficient chemicals." The NAACP leaders said they would try to meet with Gov. Paul Johnson before leaving Jackson. Johnson said earlier he ; had no plans to meet with the group. 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