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This Day in Georgia History

October 27, 1960

MLK Released from Prison

After his imprisonment had quickly become an issue in the 1960 presidential campaign, Martin Luther King Jr. was released from Georgia State Prison after a $2,000 bond was paid in his behalf. Although sentencing judge Oscar Mitchell said that King’s release was mandatory under state law, many Georgia blacks believed that John and Robert Kennedy had been instrumental in behind-the-scenes maneuvering