An Overview of the Clarence Pickett Case: How police brutality and medical neglect cost a man his life

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| By Sonam Vashi | Four days before Christmas in 1957, on a Saturday morning, Clarence Horatious Pickett, a preacher and advertising salesman in Columbus, Georgia, walked into town to pick up his paycheck. About 42 years old and known as “Reverend” to many, the tall, lean man with the mustache and glasses left his […]

“I Definitely Think He Is Putting On”: Sent home by a white doctor who dismissed his pain, Clarence Pickett died in agony the next day

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| By Isabel Hughes, Ross Merlin and Nitin Aradhya | On Sunday, December 22, 1957, residents of the bustling West Georgia city of Columbus were busy with holiday preparations. But not Clarence Pickett. “Baby, I am dying,” he told his friend Bessie Smith. “I feel like every breath will be the last.” [1] Just a few hours […]

Remembering John Carroll, a superb journalist and one of our generous supporters

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Friends, We lost one of the finest journalists of our time — and a generous supporter of the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project — when John Carroll passed away in Lexington, Kentucky, on June 14. A vigorous, healthy man, John was diagnosed in January with Creutzfeldt-Jakob, a rare disease that rapidly triggers progressive dementia. He […]

Buried Truths: Emory magazine highlights students examining civil rights cold cases

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Emory’s alumni magazine has gotten the stories behind the stories that the Georgia Civil Rights Cold Cases Project is pursuing. Associate Editor Maria M. Lameiras and Lead Photographer Kay Hinton traveled to Dawson, Terrell County, to produce a powerful and illuminating article about the James Brazier case, and the Emory students who have been investigating it. […]