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LA - Frank Morris, 51, Ferriday, 10 Dec 1964
FERRIDAY, Louisiana (CNN) -- The blaze engulfed Frank Morris' shoe repair shop in minutes, bright orange flames stretching 60 feet into the air. Morris was so severely burned, only the soles of his feet were spared.
He clung to life for a few days before dying in a hospital. It was December 1964. Morris, a 40-year-old African-American, repaired shoes for blacks and whites in Ferriday, Louisiana, a small town near the Mississippi border terrorized by the Ku Klux Klan.
Nearly 44 years later, not a single person has been charged in the killing. Last year, the Justice Department made investigating about 100 civil rights era killings, including Morris', a priority after urging from the Urban League, the NAACP, the Southern Poverty Law Center and other groups.
10-12-2015, 01:57 AM #2
From April 2014:
In 2010, Nelson tracked down three witnesses who told him Arthur Leonard Spencer had acknowledged involvement in Morris' attack but claimed he and fellow Klansmen didn't mean to kill the shoe shop operator.
The FBI talked to the witnesses, but rejected their statements, concluding they were lying or their words didn't match the evidence. Spencer died last year...
Nelson hasn't given up. He said there are at least three Silver Dollar Group members still alive. He believes they and others know something about the Silver Dollar Group's killings of Morris and others — and have yet to share what they know.
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