The Murder of William Roy Prather

On November 1, 1959, whites killed fifteen-year-old African-American William Roy Prather in Corinth. Whites called it a “Halloween prank,” but the African-American community considered it a hate crime. One of the eight youths involved was indicted on manslaughtercharges, but not convicted. As of November 2011, the case was still open under FBI investigation.


Sources:

Arkansas Delta Truth and Justice Center, “Mississippi Civil Rights Martyrs,” Civil Rights Movement Veterans, accessed 6 September 2012, http://www.crmvet.org/mem/msmartyr.htm.

Jerry Mitchell, “Two-Thirds of 124 Civil Rights Cold Cases Closed,” Clarion Ledger, 7 November 2011, http://blogs.clarionledger.com/jmitchell/2011/11/07/only-third-of-124-civil-rights-cold-cases-still-open/.

Myrlie Evers, For Us the Living, Oxford, Mississippi: University Press of Mississippi, 1967, 24-25, 205.

“William Roy Prather,” Civil Rights and Restorative Justice, 2012, http://nuweb9.neu.edu/civilrights/william-roy-prather/.

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