On Tuesday, March 21, at noon in Wade Auditorium, Jim Emison, a renowned and award winning courtroom lawyer of 43 years, will present, “Cold Case: Justice for Elbert Williams.”
On June 20, 1940, in the rural agricultural town of Brownsville, in Haywood County, Tennessee, cotton country, the Heart of the Tennessee Delta, Elbert Williams, charter member of the Brownsville NAACP Branch, became the first NAACP official in the nation murdered for his civil rights work. He was the first to die. His inquest was held at riverbank. The verdict was death, caused by “foul means by persons unknown 6-23-1940.” He was buried the same day in an unmarked grave.
Since his retirement at the end of 2011, Mr. Emison has been investigating the cold case murder of NAACP member Elbert Williams. Jim has obtained an official State of Tennessee historical marker honoring Elbert Williams, and was instrumental in bringing about the memorial service on the 75th anniversary of Elbert Williams’s death. A team of experts assembled by Jim is working to locate Elbert Williams’s unmarked grave, and Jim hopes to persuade the United States Department of Justice to reopen its investigation into Elbert Williams’s death.
Please join us on March 21 at noon in Wade Auditorium to learn more about Elbert Williams and Mr. Emison’s investigation and efforts.
Lunch will be provided for attendees.