Case Reopened In 1940 Slaying Of Civil Rights Worker Elbert Williams

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ASSOCIATED PRESS (AP) – More than 78 years after civil rights worker Elbert Williams’ body was found in a Tennessee river, a district attorney announced Wednesday that he is reopening the investigation into the slaying.

Haywood County DA Garry Brown said his office is launching an investigation into the death of Williams, whose body was found in a river in Brownsville in June 1940, three days after the 32-year-old black man was taken from his home by a group of men led by a police officer.

Read the news release on the case HERE.

To learn more about Elbert Williams from the National Civil Rights Museum, CLICK HERE.

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