Essie B Pruitt (1909 - 2000)

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Rienzi, Alcorn County, Mississippi

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1909 - In the year that Essie B Pruitt was born, the NAACP was founded by W. E. B. Du Bois. The organization focused on legal strategies designed to confront the critical civil rights issues of the day - which included lynching and segregation in schools. The goal was to secure for all people the rights guaranteed in the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution.

1956 - When she was 47 years old, on May 20th, the U.S. tested the first hydrogen bomb dropped from a plane over Bikini Atoll. Previously, hydrogen bombs had only been tested on the ground. The Atomic Age moved forward.

1959 - At the age of 50 years old, Essie was alive when on August 8th, Hawaii became the 50th state of the United States. The US flag was changed to show 50 stars.

1976 - When she was 67 years old, on August 4th, a mysterious illness struck an American Legion convention in Philadelphia. Within a week, 25 people had died and 130 people had been hospitalized. It was the first known instance of what came to be called "Legionnaires Disease."

1987 - She was 78 years old when was the first time that a criminal in the United States - a serial rapist - was convicted through the use of DNA evidence.

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Essie B Pruitt died on July 26, 2000 at age 91. There is no known cause of death. She was born on June 28, 1909. We have no information about Essie's family. We know that Essie B Pruitt had been residing in Rienzi, Alcorn County, Mississippi.

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