Willie Kerr (1886 - 1987)

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Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi

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1886 - In the year that Willie Kerr was born, on October 28th, President Grover Cleveland officially dedicated the Statue of Liberty. A gift from France, the base for the statue had been built using donations from the American public. The unplanned but enthusiastic celebration after the dedication led to the first ticker tape parade.

1909 - He was 23 years old when explorer Robert Peary, a Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy, claimed to have been the first to have reached the geographic North Pole. His claim has been disputed for over a century - some say that he ended up 60 miles from the North Pole. Peary was the only navigator on his team and he didn't submit his records for public review.

1921 - Willie was 35 years old when hugely popular Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle, silent film star, was arrested for rape and manslaughter after an actress died following a party at his house. He was acquitted after three trials and the jury wrote a formal letter apologizing for the charges, but his career never recovered. His films were at first banned - the ban was lifted after a year - and he was mostly ostracized by the community. He died at 46..

1962 - He was 76 years old when on October 1st, African-American James H. Meredith, escorted by federal marshals, registered at the University of Mississippi - becoming the first African-American student admitted to the segregated college. He had been inspired by President Kennedy's inaugural address to apply for admission.

1987 - In the year of Willie Kerr's passing, 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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Willie Kerr died in March 1987 at age 100. No cause of death has been entered for Willie. He was born on November 20, 1886. There is no information about Willie's family. We know that Willie Kerr had been residing in Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi.

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