Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act

On January 8, 2019, President Trump signed the Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2018. This marks the first occasion that a group of high school students have successfully engineered a bill…

Text of S.3191 – Civil Rights Cold Case Records Collection Act of 2018

This bill requires the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to establish a collection of civil rights cold case records to be made available to the public for inspection and copying…

Georgia sheriff acknowledges law enforcement role in 1947 lynching

No one was ever held accountable for Gilbert’s murder and his family was forced to sell their 111-acre farm and leave the state. On Saturday, Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley acknowledged local law…

The Healing Project: Finding justice for families of victims of injustice

After decades of burying her pain deep in her memory and clutching to her anger and hate, Ruvella Casmere received a chance, at long last, for healing and absolution when representatives from…

Remembering Elwood Higginbottom: Speakers call for systematic change at plaque unveiling

On Saturday, both blacks and whites filled the rows of that church to remember the seventh and last known lynching victim, Elwood Higginbottom, and witness the unveiling of a lynching memorialization plaque.

WKRG5: Tribute to Rayfield Davis

A tribute to Rayfield Davis aired on WKRG channel 5

Recalling their names: Mobile honors victims of Jim Crow-era killings

It can’t be an accident that when Mobile unveiled a street sign honoring a Jim Crow Era murder victim, it was called Rayfield Davis Way. It was clear that Saturday’s ceremony was all about finding a way: A way to confront past wrongs, a way to find peace, a way to build a just future on an unjust past.

Mobilian honored with street dedication 70 years after his murder

It’s a move toward justice. Mobile city leaders are giving Tennessee Street an honorary name after Rayfield Davis, a man murdered in the Jim Crow-Era.

After seven decades, Alabama honors Jim Crow-era victims

More than 100 people gathered in the thick heat of Saturday morning to honor six black men who had been murdered in Mobile in the 1940s by white men who had not been prosecuted for their crimes. The cold cases had been uncovered, investigated, and brought to light by CRRJ.

Memorializing racially-motivated deaths beyond lynchings

A new memorial in Alabama honors and memorializes those who died at the hands of brutal lynch mobs. But many racially-motivated killings during that time were not officially lynchings.

A Black family confronts a 70-year-old killing and a white man’s exoneration

Nichole Ulmer’s family had never talked about the 1948 killing of her cousin Rayfield Davis in her presence. It wasn’t until five years ago that CRRJ contacted Ulmer with an unsettling bit of news: That a white man who confessed to killing him was still alive and still free.

Museum’s cooperative Civil Rights exhibit opens Aug. 18

Rayfield Davis will be honored in a city museum and a street with his name. 

Mobile street name to honor Jim Crow-era murder victim

A bid to rename a Mobile street for the victim of a racially motivated Jim Crow-era murder was fast-tracked to approval Tuesday by the Mobile City Council.

Sen. Doug Jones introduces civil rights cold case legislation

A bill proposed by Alabama US Senator Doug Jones would require the government to release records from unsolved criminal cases linked to the civil-rights era.

No more secrets: Family of man lynched in Lafayette County finds answers

In spring of last year, Kyleen Burke, a law student with CRRJ at Northeastern University, discussed the case of Elwood Higginbottom at the William Winter Institute on the Ole Miss campus. Burke was given the assignment to uncover the stories behind two lynching victims.

Family of slain Black man gets justice 70 years later

During the ceremony, current Gretna Mayor Belinda Constant read a resolution that was passed by the City Council stating that city officials “would like to recognize the injustice bestowed upon Royal Cyril Brooks in 1948. Today … we join CRRJ in this endeavor to honor Mr. Brooks and recognize his life and legacy.”

Lynching memorial forces us to confront our racist past – and present

Essay by Margaret Burnham. With the opening of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, the nation’s first monument dedicated to the legacy of those terrorized by lynchings, I am haunted by the old saying, “the exception proves the rule.”

Northeastern program uncovers the stories behind the victims of lynching and other racial violence in the Jim Crow era

CRRJ is digging into the stories behind America’s history of lynching and racial violence. The two people behind the effort, former Judge Margaret Burnham and political science professor and Dean, Melissa Nobles, joined Jim Braude to discuss.

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