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Cpl Roman Ducksworth Jr,
Taylorsville, Mississippi
April 09, 1962

Agencies: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI | United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division

Cause of death: shooting

Last updated: about 3 years ago

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Cpl. Roman Ducksworth Jr., a military police officer stationed in Maryland, was on leave to visit his sick wife when he was ordered off a bus by a police officer and shot dead. The police officer may have mistaken Ducksworth for a “freedom rider” who was testing bus desegregation laws.