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Dinehart Lunchbox Lecture is Jan. 12

SLAYTON -- The Murray County Historical Museum's Dinehart Lunchbox Lecture Series will host 1968 Democratic National Convention delegate Hilary Barry, of Lake Wilson, at noon Jan. 12, in the 4-H building on the Murray County Fairgrounds. Please n...

SLAYTON - The Murray County Historical Museum’s Dinehart Lunchbox Lecture Series will host 1968 Democratic National Convention delegate Hilary Barry, of Lake Wilson, at noon Jan. 12, in the 4-H building on the Murray County Fairgrounds. Please note the change of date.

Barry will speak on his experience as a Minnesota Delegate to the contentious 1968 Democratic Convention. There is a charge for the event and members of the Murray County Historical Society get in free.
Political and cultural turmoil marked the year 1968. It was the height of civil rights demonstrations and anti-Vietnam War rallies. Violence erupted with the assassination of both Martin Luther King and democratic presidential nominee, Robert Kennedy. President Lyndon Johnson, criticized for his strong support of the Vietnam War, dropped from the presidential primary race. The convention decided a three-way race between Eugene McCarthy, anti-war candidate and former Senator from Minnesota, Hubert Humphrey, Johnson’s vice president and former senator from Minnesota, and Senator George McGovern from South Dakota. The party was divided on the war issue and civil rights.

This convention saw demonstrations both inside and outside the convention center, with peace marches in the streets of Chicago and competing state delegations fighting to be seated inside the hall.
Hilary Barry was an eyewitness to this interesting event in America’s history. Seated as a delegate from Minnesota, he was involved with the daily struggles to get a consensus vote determining the party’s nominee. Barry is a resident of Lake Wilson. He was the founder and owner of Barry Construction Company for many years. He ran for the Minnesota House of Representatives in the early 1960’s.

Come and hear his story of the convention and its aftermath. Bring your questions and your lunch along. Coffee and tea are provided.
For more information contact the Murray County Museum at: (507) 836- 6533 or email: jtimmerman@co.murray.mn.us

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