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Rev. Harry Bowie, civil rights leader

McCOMB, Miss. -- The Rev. Harry Bowie, who came to Mississippi as a young New Jersey minister during the violent summer of 1964 to assist with voter registration efforts, died Thursday at a Jackson hospital. He was 70.

Rev. Bowie was born in Long Branch, N.J. His activities in Mississippi ranged from religion and politics to economic development.

He was pastor of St. James United Methodist Church in Magnolia and was a key figure in bringing blacks into the leadership of the Mississippi Democratic Party in the 1970s and 1980s.

In 2004, Rev. Bowie was honored by the Housing Assistance Council in Washington for his work in rural housing. He served for more than 30 years on the Housing Assistance Council's board of directors.

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