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Captain Mike Bryant (left) and Deputy Chief Bobby Stewart (right) of the Vicksburg Police Department reveal the "Lucky Seven" monument during a historic local ceremony. (Photo by David Day)

A ceremony took place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24 to honor the local heroes who have been dubbed the “Lucky Seven“.

Crowds gather for the “Lucky Seven” monument unveiling ceremony. Photo by David Day)

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.

Geneva Jones sings at the “Lucky Seven” ceremony. (Photo by David Day)Evangelist Geneva Jones brought laughs and emotion to the crowd. She started the ceremony with a song.

 

Chief Moore delivers remarks (Photo by David Day)

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 “Boo” Chiplin speaks at the VPD Lucky 7 Maker (photo by David Day)

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.

Alderman Michael Mayfield speaks at the “Lucky Seven” monument ceremony. (Photo by David Day)

General Robert Crear speaks at the Vicksburg Police ceremony unveiling the “Lucky Seven” monument in Vicksburg, MS. (Photo by David Day)

 

The permanent monument installed in front of the Vicksburg Police Department will serve as a reminder for generations to come.

Captain Mike Bryant (left) and Deputy Chief Bobby Stewart (right) of the Vicksburg Police Department reveal the “Lucky Seven” monument during a historic local ceremony. (Photo by David Day)

 

Mayor Flaggs speaks at the “Lucky Seven” Monument unveiling. (Photo by David Day)

 

 

 

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