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 […]