The Hurricane in the Bob Dylan song was in fact a boxer, Rubin Carter, who spent nearly 20 years in prison for a triple murder that occurred in a bar in Paterson in 1966. Carter, who has always maintained his innocence, now lives in Canada. He claims his only crime when he was arrested was DWB - driving while black.
The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest award for valour that can be bestowed on a member of the US military for courage in the face of the enemy. The Medal is usually presented by the President. In the 140-year history of the Medal, from the time of the Civil War, Paterson has produced five recipients of the Medal of Honor.