Mobile FBI focusing on 7 unsolved civil rights-era cases
MOBILE (AP) — Seven unsolved cases from the civil rights era in Alabama are getting a fresh look from the FBI.
“What we’re trying to do is get to the bottom of these things,” said Michael Gavin, the Civil Rights Program coordinator for the FBI field office in Mobile. “We’re taking a fresh look at all of these cases.”
State and federal prosecutors have become more aggressive in recent years about solving homicide investigations from the 1950s and 1960s.
How list developed
Gavin said Friday the FBI developed its Alabama list of cases in consultation with civil rights groups, such as the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
The FBI is looking specifically at homicides that appear to have been racially motivated, he said.
The seven victims whose cases are under investigation in central and southern Alabama:
Archie Lee Wooden of Wilcox County, who died in 1967.
Frank Andrews of Lisman in Choctaw County, who died in 1964.
Eli Brumfield of Pike County, who died in 1961.
Rodell Williamson of Wilcox County, who died in 1961.
Willie Edwards of Montgomery, who died in 1957.
Rogers Hamilton of Lowndes County, who died in 1957.
Bessie McDowell of Andalusia in Covington County, who died in 1956.
The FBI has asked that anyone with information about the cases to contact the FBI at (251) 438-3674.
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