Money for Vernon Dahmer memorial approved

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Money has been approved by the Forrest County Board of Supervisors to be used for a memorial to civil rights activist Vernon Dahmer.

Dahmer was murdered by the Ku Klux Klan in 1966.

Board president David Hogan requested approval to use $20,000 from his district's recreation fund for the memorial.

Hogan says with the new Civil Rights Museum in Jackson and the African-American Museum in Washington, the board realized it was time to memorialize a Forrest County native who had paid the ultimate price.

Dahmer was targeted because he encouraged fellow African-Americans to register to vote during the Jim Crow era.

A jury in 1998 convicted one-time Klan leader Sam Bowers of murder and arson in the Vernon Dahmer killing. Bowers died in prison in 2006.