Bridge to a bloody history

By Karl du Fresne In Travel

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It’s hard to imagine a more beguiling southern town than Natchez, Mississippi. Located high on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River, it was once the wealthy centre of the cotton trade. Its elegant old homes, leafy streets and handsome public buildings testify to a grand past. The aura of southern gentility, however, masks an ugly history. It was near Natchez in 1966 that members of the Ku Klux Klan murdered an elderly black man, Ben Chester White, in the hope that civil rights leader Martin Luther King jnr would come to town to attend the funeral. The plan was to assassinate King, but ...

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