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Quest for Justice: One Lawyer’s Journey to Solve a Cold Murder Case and Honor a Civil Rights Pioneer

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On June 20, 1940, Elbert Williams, a 31 year-old member of the recently formed Brownsville, Tennessee chapter of the NAACP, was kidnapped from his home by the local police, interrogated about his voter registration efforts, and murdered. His bullet-riddled body was found floating in the Hatchie River three days later and buried in an unmarked grave.  Elbert Williams thus became…

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