THIS DAY IN HISTORY May 7, 1955: Murder of Rev. George W. Lee

#tdih 1955 Rev. George Washington Lee, one of the first African Americans registered to vote in Humphreys County, Mississippi since Reconstruction, used his pulpit and his printing press to urge others to vote.

Lee was head of the Belzoni, Mississippi NAACP. After countless threats against his life and demands that he remove his name from the voting rolls, Lee was murdered on May 7, 1955.

Lee’s widow held an open-casket ceremony, planting the seeds for a similar decision by Emmett Till’s mother later that year. Read more and see documentary film below.

May 7, 1955: Murder of Rev. George W. Lee

 

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