Jackson, MS. 3/1/2016. Archives and Records Services Division, Mississippi Dept of Archives and History.
January 24, 1968 arrest photo of Sam Bowers, who was arraigned on a charge of arson in the 1966 firebombing of civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer's house and store.
Sam Bowers was the Imperial Wizard of The White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Mississippi. It was Bowers, who in May, 1964, authorized “the elimination” of a “Goatee,” the Klan’s name for Mickey Schwerner, one of three civil rights workers who where abducted and murdered during the “Freedom Summer “ campaign for which he served six years in prison.
After four previous trials had ended in deadlocks, Bowers was finally convicted in August, 1998, over thirty-two years after the murder of Vernon Dahmer, by a jury of six blacks, one Asian-American and five whites. He was sentenced to life without parole.