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Dickie Scruggs (center right), his wife, Diane, and son, Zach, walk with his attorney to the courthouse where he would be sentenced to five years in prison. Bruce Newman/Oxford Eagle hide caption

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Businessman A. G. Gaston played a key role in the civil rights movement in Birmingham, Ala. He died in 1996 at the age of 103. Courtesy of Birmingham Public Library hide caption

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A Founding Father and signatory of the Declaration of Independence, Robert Morris helped bankroll the American Revolution. It arguably couldn't have been won without him. Ray Chokov hide caption

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Ray Chokov

James Baldwin, an American novelist, essayist, playwright and poet, grew up in New York City but moved to France in 1948. AP hide caption

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Henry Clay is perhaps best known as an architect of the Compromise of 1850, which upheld slavery, but also averted the splitting of the Union a decade before the Civil War. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division hide caption

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