Jackson, Luther

On Oct. 30, 1959, Luther Jackson was murdered by then Philadelphia, Mississippi policeman Lawrence Rainey. Rainey was not prosecuted. He went on to become Neshoba County Sheriff and was accused of playing a role in the cover up of the 1964 murders of civil rights workers Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner. Jackson’s was one of many racially motivated murders investigated by Medgar Evers. As quoted in Local People, Myrlie Evers explained that Medgar Evers “investigated, filed complaints, literally dragged reporters to the scenes of the crimes, fought back with press releases, seeking always to spread the word beyond the state, involve the federal gov’t., bring help from the outside.” Read more on this page from the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ): and in Local People.