Violent night in 1943 shaped judge’s life

February 28, 2012

Jeffery Hopkins tells the story the way his mother did when he was a boy.

He begins with a night almost 70 years ago in Baker County, Ga., a place known for peanut farms, segregated schools and a sheriff with a foul temper. The sheriff cared little for the town’s black residents and especially despised Hopkins’ great uncle, Robert Hall.

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