The investigation into black businessman Frank Morris of Ferriday’s murder has now taken a turn in that they believe some witnesses may have been untruthful in an effort to cover-up information.
Frank Morris’ shoe shop was set on fire in 1964, with him still inside. Morris stayed alive for three more days after the fire. FBI agent Paul Lancaster tried to get a 'dying declaration’ from Morris to be used as evidence in court.
During the darkest days of the civil rights movement, 7-year-old Willie Brewster Jr. took his dying daddy’s hand in an Anniston hospital and held it tight as the reality of the darkest day of his young life came crashing down around him.
As to the facts of the case of Willie Brewster, a man shot to death by nightriders on a lonely stretch of Alabama 202 more than four decades ago, Harry Sims is as detailed as the frayed onion-skin original report he holds out to a reporter with a shaky hand.
One name often mentioned in the turbulent history of the civil rights movement in this part of Alabama is Kenneth Adams. The case of Willie Brewster, shot down by nightriders in July of 1965, is no exception.
Four-plus decades does little to blunt the pain that Willie Brewster's widow, Lestine Easley, feels today.