U.S. Marshal's Helmet

U.S. Marshal's Helmet

Medium: metal, paint

Dimensions: overall 7 inches

White metal helmet with "US MARSHAL" written across front in black lettering.  This helmet was worn by one of the U.S. Marshals sent to protect James Meredith as he became the first black student to register at the University of Mississippi on October 1, 1962. The dent in the helmet resulted from a blow by a lead pipe wielding rioter.  Many of the U.S. Marshals sustained injuries in the rioting by those who sought to block Meredith's enrollment.  Robert F. Kennedy kept this helmet on a table behind his desk in the Attorney General's office.

Courtesy of Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Courtesy of Mrs. Robert F. Kennedy