East Texas civil rights murder could be added to school curriculum

TATUM/RUSK COUNTY (KYTX) – Joyce Crockett was 14 when bullets flew into a Gregg County cafe, striking her in the left wrist and killing her 16-year-old cousin — John Earl Reese.

“We didn’t feel like we was doing anything wrong,” Crockett said. “We was just at my cousin’s place just having fun.”

The 1955 shooting was believed to be over a plan to build a new school for black Tatum I.S.D. students. Two men were convicted in the shooting — but they never served a day in prison…Read More

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