1940 Cold Case Murder of NAACP Activist to be Reopened

The 1940 homicide of civil rights activist Elbert Williams has been reopened in Haywood County, The Jackson Sun reports. Garry Brown, District Attorney for the 28th Judicial District of Tennessee, today reopened the investigation into the unsolved homicide. Elbert Williams is recognized as the first known NAACP member to be killed for his civil rights work. Williams was a participant in the Brownsville NAACP branch’s 1940 effort to register African-American voters. 
 
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