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12 Whites and Negroes Will Continue Slain Mailman’s “Freedom Walk”

Apr. 29, 1963 - Six whites and six Negroes planned today to leave Chattanooga, Tenn., at dawn Wednesday to finish a slain postman’s 400-mile “Freedom Walk” across Alabama to Jackson, Miss. Alabama authorities asserted privately that they would not allow the group to carry on the pilgrimage of protest against segregation in connection with the dead postman. One high law enforcement official in Alabama said the marchers would be arrested at the state line on breach of peace charges. The line of march along U.S. Route 11 runs through the rugged hill country of northwestern Georgia and northeastern Alabama. It is an area marked by pockets of Ku Klux Klan activity. William L. Moore, a 35-year-old white Baltimore postman, walked 70 miles down the long green valley between Lookout and Sand Mountains before two .22-caliber bullets cut him down near Keener, Ala., last Tuesday night. Floyd Simpson, a grocer, was formally charged today with the slaying. Simpson was released under a $5,000 bond to await action by a grand jury. He was charged with “unlawfully and with malice aforethought killing William L. Moore.”

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