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ASU's National Center Presents The E.D. Nixon Cultural Enrichment/Brown-Bag Series Lecture:
“The Truth Unveiled: The Jeremiah Reeves Story”

The story of a 16 year-old Montgomery resident who was legally lynched for the unsubstantiated rape of a white woman in 1951. This story has gone largely under-reported by the news media so come and report on it for the sake of justice.

WHEN: Wednesday (June 12), from Noon - 1 p.m.
WHERE: The ASU National Center, located at 1345 Carter Hill Road; directly across the street from the Heritage Barbershop.
WHAT: Wednesday's topic is “The Truth Unveiled: The Jeremiah Reeves Story.”

Join Alabama State University's National Center for the Study of Civil Rights & African-American Culture for its E. D. Nixon Research and Cultural Enrichment/Brown-Bag Series as it presents “The Truth Unveiled: African-American's Fight for Legal Rights in Montgomery, Alabama in the Twentieth Century.”

Wednesday's topic is: “The Truth Unveiled: The Jeremiah Reeves Story.”
The first topic that is presented in its Brown-Bag Series takes place on Wednesday (June 12) from Noon - 1 p.m. as Jerome Ennels, author of "Hold Back the Night: The Legal Lynching of Jeremiah Reeves," serves as the National Center's first guest lecturer. He will discuss the case of Jeremiah Reeves, an African-American teenager from Montgomery who was arrested in 1951 and later tried and convicted in Montgomery's Circuit Court on the unsubstantiated charge of the rape of a white woman. He was sentenced to death and executed in Montgomery's Kilby Prison in 1958.

This lecture will take place at ASU's National Center building, which is located at 1345 Carter Hill Road, directly across the street from the Heritage Barbershop.


SYNOPSIS OF THE REEVE'S STORY
In July 1951, a 16-year-old black high school student from Montgomery, Alabama named Jeremiah Reeves and a white woman named Mabel Ann Crowder were discovered having s*x in her home. Crowder claimed she had been raped by Reeves and he was immediately arrested and taken to Kilby Prison for “questioning.” Police strapped the frightened boy into the electric chair and told him that he would be electrocuted unless he admitted to committing all of the rapes of white women reported that summer in Montgomery. He soon confessed to the charges against him and was later convicted and executed in 1958 after numerous legal and civic appeals. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Thurgood Marshall got involved in his case, but despite their effort, they could not save the life of Reeves.

Wednesday's lecture is the first of a series of wide-ranging topics dealing with individuals, events and periods that fall within Montgomery’s African-American history, which haven't received a wide range of scrutiny by historians, researchers or the news media.

Send a reporter to join us and be among the first to report the truth about this case of legal-lynching and how justice was denied on the basis of race.

Upcoming National Center “The Truth Unveiled” Series of Lectures Includes:

● Sept. 18 (Noon - 1 p.m.) The Arthur Madison Case of a Montgomery-born New York lawyer disbarred by the state for challenging the racist literacy test.

● Nov. 13 (Noon-1 p.m.) The Legal Case Work of Local Black Civil Rights Attorney Charles Conley. Attorney Conley handled many important civil rights cases
that ranged a myriad of important issues confronting Montgomery's black community due to racist Jim Crowe laws.
Posted By: Reggie Culpepper
Tuesday, June 11th 2019 at 6:42PM
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