Greenwood, Mississippi — The idea of a so-called post-racial America was widely discussed, debated and even seen as an achievement by some with Barack Obama’s inauguration as president of the United States.
For Blacks in Greenwood, Mississippi, the notion that America has gotten beyond race isn’t popular today. Many are angry over the recent mysterious hanging death of Frederick Jermaine Carter.
“This is 2010 and we still have Black people hanging from trees? They’re saying he hung himself but I have doubt in my mind that he actually did that. That wasn’t his character. This wasn’t a suicide, this was a homicide,” said Sunflower, Miss., Mayor Michael Pembleton, Jr. to The Final Call.
The body of Mr. Carter, 26, was found Dec. 3 hanging from an oak tree in the predominately White North Greenwood area of Leflore County. The young man lived in neighboring Sunflower County, located several miles away.
State Rep. Willie Perkins, a Democrat from Greenwood and president of the Leflore County branch of the NAACP, says that group also “will keep a high scrutiny and watch on any investigative report regarding what was the cause of death.”
“There are a lot of concerns there, No. 1 that this individual could not have (hanged) himself without the assistance of someone, if it’s being declared a suicide,” he says.
Medgar Evers his photo above was assassinated outside his Greenwood MS home in 1963, Evers was the Mississippi state NAACP leader and an organizer for civil rights workers. Medgar Evers was murdered by the White Knights of the KKK “sniper” Bryan de la Beckwith of Greenwood MS. Delay joined the Ku Klux Klan in the early 1960′s.
Activities of Mississippi White Knights Ku Klux Klan organization in the United States, Hearings before the Committee on Un-American Activities, House of Representatives, Feb. 1966.
E. L. McDaniel was banished from the Original Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in December 1963 by Roy V. Young, Imperial Dragon. He was thereafter the leader of the Original Knights which formed the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Mississippi and was elected to the position of province KBI.
White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Mississippi elected officers were E. L. McDaniel, Grand Dragon; P. L. Foster, Grand KlalifF; Charles Dickson, klokard ; W. W. Gwinn, Grand kludd; Charles Stewart, grand kligrapp; John Dawson, grand klabee; F. B. Brown, grand kladd; B. W. Waldrup, outer guard; Henry Neese, inner guard, and Myron Wayne "Jack" Seale, grand night-hawk.
Sam Bowers was bom on August 6, 1924, at New Orleans, Louisiana. He resided at 816 South Fourth Avenue, Laurel, Mississippi. He had a partnership, in partnership with Robert Larson in operating the Sambo Amusement Company and the Magnolia Consolidated Realty Company, Inc., both of which are located at 820 South Fourth Street Laurel, Mississippi. He attended the University of California School of Engineering for 2 years. Sam Bowers in Feb. of 1964 was elected Imperial Wizard of the "White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Mississippi".
June 7, 1964, the White Knights of the KKK held a secret State meeting near Raleigh, Mississippi, with nearly 300 Klansmen in attendance. At this meeting all State officers were present. It was announced that money collected by Donald Henshaw would be turned over to Tommy Brock, chief bursar of Utica, Mississippi. At the time it was announced the White Knights of the KKK had 62 Klaverns in 82 Mississippi counties. Speeches by State officers urged members to obtain firearms.
On June 27, 1965, at a State meeting near Greenwood, Mississippi, 100 members of the White Knights of the KKK were present, including Sam Bowers and other officers. At this meeting they voted to send $500 to the man at Bogalusa who was charged with killing a Negro deputy sheriff. They also gave out instructions that each of the 62 Klaverns were to burn two crosses on July 1, 1965.
On August 22, 1965 at a White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan meeting near Florence, Mississippi, $500 was sent to assist three KKK men arrested for arson in Greenwood, Mississippi.
The Federal subpena of Mr. Sam Bowers called upon him to produce retained copies of corporate tax returns relating to the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan of Mississippi. "I do not ask Mr. Bowers to produce those documents because we have been advised by the U.S. Treasury Department that no return was filed".
In May 1965, an election of State officers of the White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan was held at the Eola Hotel, Natchez, Mississippi, under the cover name of Mississippi Rescue Service. A caucus of imperial officers and Grand Dragons from many realms was also held. Mississippi White Knights of The KKK, following individuals were the exalted Cyclops of the following Klaverns;
Ray Smith, McComb, Mississippi
J. M. Foster, Brookhaven, Mississippi
C. J. Seal, Pearl River County
John Brumfield, McComb, Mississippi
H. H. Mathews, McComb, Mississippi,
Hewitt Wilkinson, Pricedale, Mississippi
J. R. Morgan, Brookhaven, Mississippi
Harold Casey, Goodman, Mississippi
J. W. Reeves, Bogue Chitto, Mississippi
Paul Foster, Natchez, Mississippi
Bill Sullivan, Jackson, Mississippi
T. M. Jackson, Yazoo City, Mississippi
M. E. Bell, Mathiston, Mississippi
W. H. Aswalt, Louisville, Mississippi
James R. Simpson, Starkville Mississippi
Jerry M. Graham, Oxford, Mississippi
L. C. Bracken, luka, Mississippi
Houston Evans, kleagle for Greenville. Mississippi
Glen Owen, Columbus, Mississippi
Harry Oippens, Wayne Count,y Mississippi
Bill Warner Private Investigator Sarasota Fl www.wbipi.com