A ceremony took place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 to honor the local heroes who have been dubbed the “Lucky Seven“.
An estimated 150-175 people were in attendance to honor John William “Joe” Minor, Roosevelt Bunch, Herman “Billy” Redick, Clyde Harris Sr., Tom Harris and James “Boo” Chiplin who were the first black men to serve at the Vicksburg Police Department.
Vicksburg Police Chief Milton Moore feels the seven allowed him to be where he is today, saying “We stand on their shoulders.”
Many of Vicksburg’s leaders spoke about how the officers impacted their lives, both directly and indirectly.
James Chiplin is the last surviving member of the ‘Lucky Seven’ to witness the marker, and he was honored with a plaque at the ceremony.
These honorable men served dutifully and endured so much, that those that came behind them would have an opportunity.
The permanent monument installed in front of the Vicksburg Police Department will serve as a reminder for generations to come.