LAWYER THANKS FOR WORK FOR MISSISSIPPI’S 1ST BLACK TROOPERS

Alabama State Troopers

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – An attorney is being honored for her work that forced the Mississippi

Highway Patrol to hire its first Black troopers nearly a half-century ago. In January 1970, Constance Slaughter-Harvey became the first Black woman to graduate from the University of Mississippi law school.

Just over six months later, she filed a lawsuit that led to African Americans being hired as troopers.

Walter Crosby, Lewis Younger and R.O. Williams became the first African Americans to wear the Highway Patrol uniform in 1972.

During a recent ceremony in Jackson, Williams and other people thanked Slaughter-Harvey for her work

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8/2/2020 11:53:14 AM (GMT -5:00)

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