134 A BICENTENNIAL HISTORY OF MISSISSIPPI attacker for damages, and in September 1967, a jury of six African Americans and six whites awarded him $400 in damages. Two years later, an African American, Charles Evers, was elected mayor of Fayette. The days when whites in the Lower River counties could monopolize public offices were coming to an end. The Schools Respond to Desegregation White resistance to integration coalesced around the issue of school desegregation. In October 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court in Alexander v. Holmes ruled that the public school system in Mississippi must immediately and fully desegregate. This decision ended fifteen years of massive resistance to school integration followed by token integration. Many whites in Mississippi, especially in cities and majorityAfrican American areas such as the Lower River counties, established segregated private schools, often with the cooperation of local governments, and mostly abandoned the public school system. In Claiborne County, a fund-raising drive was launched to move the Claiborne Education Foundation next to the Chamberlain HuntAcademy, putting the county’s two segregated private schools next to each other. The Chamberlain HuntAcademy changed its admissions policy to allow girls to attend as day students. Most of the white schoolchildren of Claiborne County were enrolled by their parents in one or the other for the 1970–71 school year.At the beginning of that year, only ninety-one of the 449 white children eligible to attend the Claiborne County public schools actually did so. GRAND GULF NUCLEAR REACTOR (ENTERGY) The largest single-unit nuclear power plant in the United States of America is at Port Gibson. The Grand Gulf Nuclear Station was also the first nuclear power plant in the state. The plant regularly and safety produces 1,266 megawatts of energy preventing millions of tons of environmental emissions from being released into the air. PHOTO COURTESY OF ENTERGY CORPORATION