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Sunday, June 12, 2005



HungryBlues From the MinorJive Blog, Ben Greenberg shares new information on what's going on in Philadelphia ...

"Ben Chaney, the younger brother of James, thinks that some of the people behind the new push to solve the 1964 murders may want to clean up the state's reputation by deceptive means.

"James E. Prince III, the grandson of the former head of the White Citizen's Council, is currently publisher and editor of the Neshoba Democrat newspaper. Ben, who directs the James Earl Chaney Foundation, said that it appears as if Prince is using his new local citizens group, the Philadelphia Coalition, to go after only the most virulent racists who took part in the murders ..."

(Good read, definitely worth visiting Ben's Blog. sk)

Mississippi's murdering past is not going to fade away, however Here's just one tiny example of why: Last evening as I was doing some follow-up research, looking for additional information on the relationship of Guy Banister (remember Jim Garrison?) and Senator James O. Eastland (Sunflower County racist planter), and Jack Childs (the key FBI informant behind the taping of Dr. Martin Luther King) it ended up that Jack Childs has a file in the Sovereignty Commission files (SCR ID # 2-62-1-107-14-1-1).

Jack Child's name had shown up in an address book of Aaron Henry's that was apparently stolen from Aaron Henry and copied into the Commission files. But right above Jack Childs' file was another one for J. A. Childs (SCR ID # 10-70-0-2-1-1-1). Could this be a second file on Jack?

The second Mr. Childs was someone else, the employer of an unfortunate black man, Mr. Booker T. Mixon of Itta Bena, who was dragged behind a car near Marks (Quitman County) in 1959. This "auto accident" was not investigated and no autopsy was done even though Mr. Mixon's totally nude body showed "abrasions, cuts and contusions." He remained in a coma in the Clarksdale hospital from Oct. 12 until Oct. 23 when he died "without uttering a word."

No.. this history is not going to fade just because one old man is found guilty in 2005. Too many old black people keep their own lists of all of the other thousands of people who were lynched or who "disappeared" in Mississippi over the years. Further, the Sovereignty Commission files are filled with names such as Mr. Mixon's, and sometimes, when the stars are right, the names of these murder victims shimmer through, if only for a moment in the early morning hours.

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