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Bryant Bowles

Death: Apr 13, 1997

Nationality: United States

Bryant Bowles

Date of Death : Apr 13, 1997

Bryant William Bowles Jr. was a white supremacist bitterly opposed to racial integration of public schools in the United States. Bowles joined the Marine Corps in 1939, was trained as a bugler, and served during World War II and the Korean War as a corporal. He was discharged from active duty in 1951. In May 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that racially segregated public schools were unconstitutional. Bowles raised $6,000 and founded the National Association for the Advancement of White People to oppose the ruling. During the latter half of 1954, Bowles held rallies and gave speeches in several different states. At one such rally Bowles is reported to have said that his daughter "will never attend a school with Negroes as long as there is breath in my body and gunpowder will burn." He briefly attracted nationwide attention for leading a pro-segregation boycott of Milford High School in Milford, Delaware. The ensuing unrest, which included cross burnings, contributed to desegregation in some parts of Delaware being delayed for another ten years. Charged for making inflammatory statements, Bowles was tried in 1955 in Dover before Judge Charles Sudler Richards.

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