Alabama: Integrating the Jury

One of the last weapons of white supremacists in the South is the all-white jury, and it has nowhere been employed more blatantly than in Ala bama's Lowndes County. In the slave-built county courthouse at Hayneville last fall, separate trials only weeks apart resulted in acquittals for Special Deputy Tom Coleman, charged with the shot gun slaying of Episcopal Seminarian Jonathan Daniels, and Ku Klux Klansman Collie Leroy Wilkins, accused of murdering Viola Liuzzo, another northern civil rights worker.

After the Coleman verdict, five Lowndes Negroes led by Mrs. Gardenia White filed...

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