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USM professor to showcase cold case crimes as part of library civil rights exhibit


A University of Southern Mississippi history professor will speak about unsolved murders and other crimes from the civil rights era during a presentation at The Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County Thursday night.

Kevin Greene's discussion titled, "Civil Rights Cold Case Files," will focus on some of the high-profile racially-motivated killings that occurred during the civil rights movement and what can be done to reopen many closed investigations.

"What he's going to talk about is one of the legacies of the civil rights movement is almost 120 unsolved murders," said Donna Davis, assistant director of public service for the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County. "And some of those cases have been reopened, but the difficulty in reopening those has been to locate witnesses." 

The presentation is being hosted in conjunction with an exhibit of photographs from the civil rights era of the mid-1960s, taken by the late photo-journalist Jim Lucas.

That exhibit, which opened in early July, will run through next Tuesday.

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