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Anniston in Calhoun County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The Murder of Willie Brewster, July 15, 1965

 

—Anniston Civil Rights Trail —

 
The Murder of Willie Brewster, July 15, 1965 Marker (Front) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
1. The Murder of Willie Brewster, July 15, 1965 Marker (Front)
Inscription. Willie Brewster became the target of white extremists after words spoke at a National States Rights Party encouraged them to commit acts of violence against blacks. As Brewster drove home with co-workers from the night shift at Union Foundry, he was shot in the neck.

Upon his death three days later, The Anniston Star published a full-page advertisement offering a $20,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of his killer. It was endorsed by 268 black and white Annistonians.

Hubert Damon Strange was convicted for killing Brewster on December 2, 1965. It was the first instance in Alabama history when a white jury penalized a white person for racial murder.

Continued on reverse

Reverse
"We, as a community, are determined that those who advocate and commit secret acts of violence will not control this country. We are determined to fight with the weapons of law to retain the dignity of this community and to punish those who struck down a respectable and industrious citizen."

——The Anniston Star, Sunday, July 18, 1965, Page 5-A
 
Erected 2016 by City of Anniston Historic Trails Program. (Marker Number 4.)
 
Location. 33° 39.511′ 
The Murder of Willie Brewster, July 15, 1965 Marker (Rear) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
2. The Murder of Willie Brewster, July 15, 1965 Marker (Rear)
N, 85° 49.869′ W. Marker is in Anniston, Alabama, in Calhoun County. Marker is at the intersection of West 11th Street and Gurnee Avenue, on the right when traveling west on West 11th Street. Touch for map. Located on the grounds of the Calhoun County Courthouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 25 West 11th Street, Anniston AL 36201, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Greyhound Bus Station Protest, May 14, 1961 (within shouting distance of this marker); The Human Relations Council (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Trailways Bus Station Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trailways Attack (approx. 0.2 miles away); Anniston Public Library Desegregation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tyrus Raymond Cobb (approx. ¼ mile away); Anniston World War (approx. 0.3 miles away); Calhoun County World War I Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anniston.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Anniston Star The Death of Willie Brewster: Guns, bombs and Kenneth Adams. (Submitted on August 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Anniston Civil Rights Trail Map (.pdf). (Submitted on August 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
 
Marker to the side of the Calhoun County Courthouse. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, August 5, 2017
3. Marker to the side of the Calhoun County Courthouse.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 8, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 6, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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