NAACP asking for apology for 1946 lynching

KMSS-TV
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 5:09pm

The Webster Parish branch of the NAACP thinks and injustice was done in 1946, one that still doesn't have justice.

In 1946, All Harris Jr. , 17, and his cousin, military veteran John C. Jones, were brought in for questioning about an intrusion that happened that July. The NAACP claims the two men were beaten by 2 deputies before being released 4 days later. As they were leaving, the group says the men were captured by a lynch mob and taken to the woods by Dorcheat Bayou just outside of Minden. There, the mob beat both men, killing military veteran Jones.

Now, the NAACP is asking the Webster Parish Police Jury for a formal apology for the beating and subsequent killing of Jones. Tuesday morning, their local president, Reverend Kenneth Wallace, told the jury the story of the two, and asked for that apology.

While jurors were sympathetic, that ended just short of a formal apology. The jury said they would discuss what action, if any, and get back to Wallace. That declaration didn't please Wallace, afraid the Police Jury is giving him the runaround. However, he promises to never give up on this case until justice is served for the families of the two men.

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