|Birth: ||Apr. 25, 1919|
|Death: ||Jan. 31, 1964|
In September of 1961, Louis Allen, a Black farmer in Amite County Mississippi, witnesses the murder of voting-rights activist Herbert Lee by state legislator E.H. Hurst. Under threat of being killed himself, Allen is forced to falsely testify that Hurst killed Lee in self-defense.
Privately, Allen tells friends and civil rights activists the truth, that Hurst killed Lee because Lee was registering Black voters. When whites learn that Allen is talking to the FBI, they boycott his timber business and threaten to kill him. When he continues talking to the FBI he is beaten by local police and arrested on phoney charges to keep him silent. Movement organizers beg the FBI to provide him protection, but they refuse.
When Allen tries to register to vote at the Amite County courthouse someone takes a shot at him and he is turned away. A white businessman tells Allen: "Louis, the best thing you can do is leave. Your little family, they're innocent people, and your house could get burned down. All of you could get killed."
Knowing that it is too dangerous to remain in Mississippi he plans to join his brother in Milwaukee. On January 31st, the night before he is to leave, he is ambushed by persons unknown at the front gate to his property who kill him with multiple shotgun blasts.
Created by: Donna
Record added: May 25, 2008
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