Harvey church honors Black man killed by police in Gretna 70 years ago

Politicians, churchgoers and Royal Brooks’ family members filled the pews inside Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church to remember the 44-year-old trade unionist killed Feb. 27, 1948 while waiting to board a bus at Gretna Ferry Landing.

In the midday Saturday ceremony, CRRJ and the Kimbrough Scholars called for justice for Brooks and the many other lives lost to police brutality throughout history.


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