Some suspects from North Carolina may have gotten away with murder, but that may soon change. The F.B.I. agreed this week to reevaluate 74 unsolved murder cases from the civil rights era. Three of those deaths, thought to be murders, happened in North Carolina.
It has many remembering the racial and political climate in eastern Carolina during the civil rights era. Greenville native D.D. Garrett was active with the NAACP from the late 1940s through the 1960s. He worked to secure voting and working privileges for the black community.
Garrett says however long in coming, the renewed interest in justice for the murder victims is a step in the right direction. At 92-years old, Garrett easily sums up his experience with civil rights saying, "It has affected me, but, I have not let it get me down. I accept life as it comes."
In the early 1960s, Garrett's son, Michael, was among the first black students to attend Greenville's then newly-integrated Rose High School.