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Georgia County's segregated plaques of WWII Vets

First Article:

Taylor County will keep up segregated plaques of WWII veterans
Jan 11 06:10

BUTLER, Ga. (AP) -- A pair of plaques that separately list blacks and whites from the county who served in World War II will stay up in the county courthouse.

The Taylor County Commission voted 5-0 Tuesday to keep the plaques up, but to also add a third plaque that lists everyone from the county who served in the war.

The motion also includes adding an explanation for the new plaque and for the two old ones, which were put up in December 1944 at the courthouse in Butler, about 80 miles south of Atlanta.

But before the vote, Edward DuBose, president of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, said the plaques should be taken down. DuBose told commissioners the segregated plaques had no place in modern society, likening them to Jim Crow-era signs for segregated water fountains and bathrooms.

"This is not over," DuBose said after the vote.

Second Article:

Five years before Parks, black soldier's defiance on Montgomery, Ala., bus cost him his life
Jan 11 11:41


Associated Press Writer

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Five years before Rosa Parks launched the Montgomery bus boycott by refusing to give up her seat to a white man, a uniformed black soldier balked at an order to board a bus through a back door and paid with his life.

Yet the 1950 police shooting of Pfc. Thomas Edwards Brooks had largely been lost to history.

That was until it was brought up again during the events marking the 50th anniversary of the boycott and in a new book about the historic protest. Now the case is getting the kind of attention boycott veterans say is long overdue.

"A lot of this stuff that went on on the buses will never really be known except among the black people who quite often felt there was nothing that could be done," said Nick LaTour, son of boycott organizer E.D. Nixon. "This is the kind of thing that had gone on through the years that led up to the people saying, 'This was enough."'

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