107-year-old woman waited 70 years for justice after police killed her father

James Darrell Broach holds the paper featuring the 107th birthday of his aunt, Elizabeth Sampson. CRRJ uncovered the case of her father’s murder at the hands of Fayette, MS, police when she was 100.

Mellon Foundation Awards $750k to CRRJ

The Mellon Foundation grant will be used to deepen the work of the CRRJ Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive, an extraordinary collection of primary source documents as well as still images and interviews on cases of racially motivated homicides between 1930 and 1970 in 12 southern states.

At the Academic Excellence Conference: Restorative justice curriculum project

Timothy Hood’s is one of three cases that a group of Keene State education majors are helping bring to light.

NJ teens that tweeted their civil rights bill into law will now lobby for federal funding

For three years, teens at Hightstown High School worked to turn a school project into federal law.

‘From students in high school all the way to the President’s desk.’ How a govt class fought for the release of unsolved FBI civil rights case files

These AP students drafted a bill, lobbied to line up sponsors, get the bill out of committees in both chambers of Congress, have it voted on, and then signed into law by the President.

Teens tweet Trump, find Senate ally, score civil rights win

All the bill needed to become law was President Donald Trump’s signature. It would create a national archive of documents from civil rights cold cases. But time was running out. So the students at NJ’s Hightstown High School did what teenagers do: They started tweeting at the president.

New documentary: Murder in Mobile

The 1948 unresolved murder of Rayfield Davis in Mobile, Alabama, is told in a new documentary by Northeastern Films.

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.

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