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Historic find linked to JSU riots

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Jackson man says he's found a rare part of history, linked to Mississippi's Civil Rights Movement. Today he invited the media to view this artifact, on the 44th anniversary of the protests and riots at Jackson State, that ended the lives of students Phillip Gibbs, and James Green.

The aging Mississippi Highway Patrol Emergency Operations vehicle responded to Jackson State the night of the riots and fatal shootings, according Jackson historian Johnny "Bootsy" Murrow.

Murrow, who collects vintage cars, revealed this rare find to the media Wednesday. He says it's a piece of Mississippi's past. He wants it restored, and displayed.

"I thought it was very important to the history of the city of Jackson as well as the state of Mississippi," said Murrow. "It's been sitting in the corner, not recognized. People didn't know what it was except for a handful of people. Now it's time to give it it's proper exposure."

Mississippi Senator John Horhn attended the unveiling, and was impressed at the historic bus which dates back four decades.

"The Department of Archives and History is having a challenging time finding artifacts for the civil rights museum," said Horhn. "They have plenty of artifacts for the state history museum but not enough for the civil rights museum."

The bus is showing it's years, but there's hope it can be fully restored, serving as a visual reminder of mistakes made, and lessons learned in the civil rights movement in Mississippi.

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