Marker to commemorate Jackson State protests

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi Freedom Trail marker will be placed on Thursday at Jackson State University, where police killed two students and injured a dozen during protests in 1970.

At the time of the shooting, it was known as Jackson State College. The students were killed there less than two weeks after National Guards soldiers killed four students in similar protests at Kent State University in Ohio, which first captured national attention.

Jackson State University President Carolyn Meyers will host the event, which is expected to be attended to elected officials, student leaders and members of the Jackson State class of 1970.

The Mississippi Freedom Trail Marker Program commemorates the state’s civil rights heritage.