Alabama-born African-American man who was killed by the Ku Klux Klan after they forced him to jump 125 feet off of a bridge to his death. Despite evidence to the contrary, his murderers were acquitted by a judge because no true cause of death was ever officially determined.
He was born in Lowndes County, Alabama.
The case was re-opened in 1976 and again in 1997, but no one was ever convicted of a crime.
He had a daughter named Malinda.
He and Emmett Till are both African-Americans whose racially-motivated murders serve as reminders of America's dark history.