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Robert Kennedy signed letter and photograph relating to the 1962 Civil Rights unrest when James Meredith was admitted as the first African American student at the University of Mississippi. In this eloquent letter, dated December 11, 1962, Kennedy is writing to U.S. Marshall Ernest Mike regarding Mike's injuries sustained at Oxford, Mississippi on September 30th and October 1st. I would like to express my gratitude to you for your performance at Oxford. You and your colleagues conducted yourselves with good judgement in the face of crisis, with restraint in the face of great provocation, and as your injury attests with real courage in the face of great danger. You have made a great contribution to the attainment of equal rights for all our citizens and to the rule of law in our country. I want you to know I am deeply grateful.. Provenance: descended from the family of U.S. Marshall Ernest Mike of Kentucky. This lot also includes an autographed photo of Kennedy and original letter envelope. The hand signed photo of Robert Kennedy is inscribed: "To Marshal Ernie Mike With appreciation and best wishes Robert Kennedy." Condition: Letter and envelope in excellent condition with letter having two folds. Photo with minor wrinkling at top and bottom margin (probably from moisture), couple of slight creases at edge of photo.