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Money for Memorial to Honor Activist Killed by KKK Approved

Ellie Dahmer, widow of slain civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer, being assisted to her car by family members after Dahmer's funeral on Jan. 15, 1966. Photo courtesy Wikicommons/Mississippi Department of Archives and History

Ellie Dahmer, widow of slain civil rights leader Vernon Dahmer, being assisted to her car by family members after Dahmer's funeral on Jan. 15, 1966. Photo courtesy Wikicommons/Mississippi Department of Archives and History

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A request to use money for a memorial to honor a Mississippi man killed by the Ku Klux Klan in 1966 has been approved.

WDAM-TV reported Monday that the Forrest County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved President David Hogan's request to use $20,000 from his district's recreation fund for the memorial to honor Vernon Dahmer (DAY'-mur).

Hogan says with the new Civil Rights Museum and the African-American Museum in Washington, the board realized it was time to memorialize a Forrest County native who had paid the ultimate price.

Dahmer was targeted because he encouraged fellow African-Americans to register to vote during the Jim Crow era.

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.

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