Northeastern University students uncover forgotten killings from Jim Crow era

Madison Harris came home from World War II as a veteran of the army that helped free Europe and Asia from fascism. But the city he returned to was still a bastion of Old South segregation, and on the clanking streetcar he boarded one wet April evening in 1946, the separation of the races remained absolute.

Blacks crowded in back; whites up front. When Harris stepped off, witnesses said, the 21-year-old left by the rear exit, as blacks were required to do, and appeared to be unarmed.

Harris had walked only a few steps before the white conductor opened the front door. “Boy, give me that gun,” the driver yelled.

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