Sara Criss’ Civil Rights Memoir #33: “Life” Comes Calling

“After [De La Beckwith] was arrested I got a call from a man with Life Magazine saying they were in Greenwood and understood that I had known De La for a long time. They wanted to talk to me about him. I declined, again fearing that De La would find out I had given them some information. People around here were down on Life  anyway, and many had quit taking it because of the way they were covering the civil rights issue. Once again I declined when I would really have liked to talk to them. Several years later I got another call from Life in New York wanting information on De La’s whereabouts, etc. I gave them what little information I had with the understanding that they would not quote me. The info was never published (thank goodness) but they did send me a check for $25. Knowing how so many local people felt about the news media I would not even cash the check in Greenwood but let Criss take it to Greenville to be cashed.”

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About sec040121

Hello....I'm in possession of a priceless collection of memoirs and memorabilia left by my mother, Sara Evans Criss. She was a native and lifelong (88 years!) devotee of our small town, who covered this peculiar and volatile corner of the world for 30 years as the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Greenwood bureau chief, a job that started out with debutantes and high school football and wound up spang in the midst of one of the twentieth century's most enduring social upheavals. This blog is dedicated to her memory and the legacy she left behind, both for her family and her community.
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