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1st African American Mississippian to enlist in U. S. Marine Corps dies

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

James "Jim" Isaiah Rundles, the first African American Mississippian to enlist in the U. S. Marines, died last week at St. Dominic Hospital. He was 93-years-old.

Rundles was a graduate of Lanier High School and Southern Christian Institute.

Rundles was a member of the Montford Point marines of Camp LeJeune, the unit President Obama awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2012.

Many will remember Rundles for his "Up and Down Farish Street" which was published in the Jackson Advocate for 67 years. A strong civil rights advocate, he used his influence as a journalist to "write" the wrongs.

The funeral service will be held Saturday.

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