Eddie Clay Joplin

(1925 - 1971)

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Eddie Clay Joplin
1925 - 1971
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September 7, 1925
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July 2, 1971
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Forrest City, Saint Francis County, Arkansas 72335
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Eddie Clay Joplin was born on September 7, 1925. He died on July 2, 1971 at 45 years of age. We know that Eddie Clay Joplin had been residing in Forrest City, Saint Francis County, Arkansas 72335.
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Branch of service: Us Air Force
Rank attained: T/SGT
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Eddie Clay Joplin died on July 2, 1971 at 45 years of age. He was buried in Memphis National Cemetery Section A Site 392, Memphis, Tennessee. He was born on September 7, 1925. We have no information about Eddie's surviving family. We know that Eddie Clay Joplin had been residing in Forrest City, Saint Francis County, Arkansas 72335.

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In 1925, in the year that Eddie Clay Joplin was born, in July, the Scopes Trial - often called the Scopes Monkey Trial - took place, prosecuting a substitute teacher for teaching evolution in school. Tennessee had enacted a law that said it was "unlawful to teach human evolution in any state-funded school". William Jennings Bryan headed the prosecution and Clarence Darrow headed the defense. The teacher was found guilty and fined $100. An appeal to the Supreme Court of Tennessee upheld the law but overturned the guilty verdict.

In 1935, at the age of only 10 years old, Eddie was alive when on September 8th, Louisiana Senator Huey Long was shot by Dr. Carl Weiss. Weiss was shot and killed immediately by Long's bodyguards - Long died two days later from his injuries. Long had received many death threats previously, as well as threats against his family. He was a powerful and controversial figure in Louisiana politics (and probably gained power through multiple criminal acts). His opponents became frustrated with their attempts to oust him and Dr. Weiss was the son-in-law of one of those opponents. His funeral was attended by 200,000 mourners.

In 1943, when he was 18 years old, on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

In 1964, by the time he was 39 years old, on February 9th, the Beatles appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show. 73 million people watched - although the Beatles couldn't be heard because of the loud screaming of the female teenage audience.

In 1971, in the year of Eddie Clay Joplin's passing, on May 3rd, 10,000 federal troops, 5,100 officers of the D.C. Metropolitan Police, 2,000 members of the D.C. National Guard, and federal agents assembled in Washington DC to prevent an estimated 10,000 Vietnam War protesters from marching. President Nixon (who was in California) refused to give federal employees the day off and they had to navigate the police and protesters, adding to the confusion. By the end of a few days of protest, 12,614 people had been arrested - making it the largest mass arrest in US history.

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