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Nephew's radical bent surprises Lincoln deputy

Date: November 6, 1979

Author: Jim Schlosser

Biographical/Historical abstract: Jim Scholosser (1943- ), a reporter and editor for the Greensboro News and Record since 1967, covered political rallies and school integration during the 1960s and 1970s.

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Description: In this November 6, 1979 article, Jim Schlosser of the Greensboro Record interviews the uncle of Billy Joe Franklin, a suspect in the shooting of five members of the Communist Workers Party (CWP) at an anti-Klan rally in Greensboro on November 3, 1979. Fletcher Whitesides, a chief deputy in the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, says he was surprised to learn of his nephew's involvement and membership in the KKK, since he had seen no indication of it previously. Whitesides says that Franklin had never been in major trouble and was "not a bad boy." He also discusses community reaction in Lincoln County; five of the defendants were from the area.

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Format of original: Newspaper Clippings

Collection: Miscellaneous Collection - J.A. Armfield Papers

Repository: Greensboro Historical Museum

Item#: 9.69.1261

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