The Murder of Willie Brewster, July 15, 1965

The Murder of Willie Brewster, July 15, 1965 (HM20GU)

Location: Anniston, AL 36201 Calhoun County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 39.511', W 85° 49.869'

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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.
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"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
HM NumberHM20GU
Year Placed2016
Placed ByCity of Anniston Historic Trails Program
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, August 6th, 2017 at 4:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 608373 N 3724906
Decimal Degrees33.65851667, -85.83115000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 39.511', W 85° 49.869'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 39' 30.66" N, 85° 49' 52.14" W
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Area Code(s)256
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 31-99 W 11th St, Anniston AL 36201, US
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