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Civil Rights Protest in Danville, Photograph, 1963


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In the summer of 1963, violence erupted in Danville, Virginia, as Danville policemen led by police chief Eugene G. McCain aggressively arrested and dispersed protestors during a series of civil rights demonstrations led by local and national black leaders. ln this recording, defense attorney Ruth L. Harvey (1924–1996) questioned forty-six-year-old Paul Price, who testified that a police officer beat him with a nightstick as he walked away from a demonstration on June 13.

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Citation: Danville (Virginia) Corporation Court, 1963 Civil Rights Case Files, 1963–1973, Accession 38099, Local Government Records Collection, Library of Virginia.


VS.1, VS.9, USII.1, USII.8, VUS.1, VUS.13, VUS.14

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