Services Set for Memphis Attorney, Former JFK Appointee

Memphis attorney James Clark Blackburn died yesterday (Oct. 23) at the age of 79. A graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law, Blackburn moved to Memphis in 1959 where he practiced law for 40 years until his retirement. He was appointed a member of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights by President John F. Kennedy and served on a special committee to investigate police brutality in Memphis after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. Visitation will be 12:30 p.m. Saturday with service immediately following at 1:30 p.m. at Neshoba Unitarian Universalist Church in Cordova. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Arts Memphis, the Wolf River Conservancy, or a charity of the donor’s choice.