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The Student Voice-Witness Murdered

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Title

The Student Voice-Witness Murdered

Description

Newspaper published by SNCC

Subject

Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
Mississippi Freedom Project
Civil Rights Movement-Mississippi-20th century
Student publications--United States

Creator

The Student Voice, Inc.

Source

SusanNicholsCollection.Box1.Folder 16

Publisher

Queens College Department of Special Collections and Archives (New York, N.Y.)

Date

1964-02-03

Date Created

2014-06-02

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Image
JPEG

Extent

128 KB

Language

English

Type

Text

Spatial Coverage

Atlanta (GA)
Liberty (Miss)
Jackson (Miss)

Text

WITNESS MURDERED
Liberty, Mississippi-A Negro who saw a state representative kill another Negro active in voter registration here almost three years ago was shotgunned to death Friday night, January 31.
Louis Allen of Route 2, Liberty was found dead in his front years. He had been shot with a shotgun three times.
In Atlanta, the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee asked the Justice Department for "a complete investigation of Allen's murder."
A week ago, Allen's son's car and a Liberty grocery that employed Negroes had been fired on.
Allen had witnessed the slaying of Herbert Lee, an Amite County farmer, at a Liberty cotton gin on September 26, 1961. Lee, who worked with SNCC vote workers in Amite County, was shot by E. H. Hurst, then a member of the state legislature. Hurst was acquitted by a coroner's jury before Lee's lifeless body was removed from the street outside the gin.
Allen, a witness to the killing, testified at the coroner's jury that freed Hurst, but later said he lied because he feared for his own safety. SNCC workers told officials of the United States Department of Justice he would challenge his testimony and tell the truth if protection was offered, be he was refused.
In February, 1963, Allen told a worker from the Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee he saw Hurst shoot Lee without provocation. Allen said a Liberty law officer picked him up minutes after the shooting, drove him tot he coroner's jury, and told him what to say on the stand. Allen was told to say Lee had threatened Hurst with a metal tier iron and that Hurst had killed him in self defense.
Allen had been warned that local whites were out to "get him."
In August, 1962m he was arrested and beaten by a Liberty… CONTINUED ON PAGE 4

Original Format

8.5 x 11 inches (216 x 279 mm)
Newspaper

Citation

The Student Voice, Inc., “The Student Voice-Witness Murdered,” Queens College Civil Rights Archives, accessed November 30, 2021, http://archives.qc.cuny.edu/civilrights/items/show/232.

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