Chris Mercer, attorney and civil rights figure, dead at 88 | Arkansas Blog

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Chris Mercer, attorney and civil rights figure, dead at 88

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Chris Mercer, a Little Rock lawyer who was an NAACP field secretary during the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and 60s and an adviser to Daisy Bates during the Little Rock school desegregation crisis, died today at 88.

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture has a good biography, including the note that he was the first black man named to be a deputy prosecutor in a Southern state. He'd been in private practice for more than a half century.

The University of Arkansas paid tribute to him today as one of the "Six Pioneers," the first six black students at the UA School of Law.

Funeral arrangements will be by Mitchell Funeral Home of Arkadelphia.

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