Wharlest Jackson

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Wharlest Jackson

Murdered February 18, 1967

Summary of Work

In order to get more knowledge about the case, we first investigated the life of Wharlest Jackson.  We researched his place of birth, upbringing, military service, and family.  Two key aspects that made Wharlest Jackson a possible target are his work in the NAACP as a treasurer, his work with voter registration in Mississippi, and for receiving a promotion to a traditionally "white man's job" as a chemical mixer at the Armstrong Runner Company in Natchez, MS. He was murdered three blocks away from his home on Minor St. (present day Martin Luther King St.) on February 18, 1967 by a bomb constructed out of primer cord in a plastic milk jug. He was killed instantly. There was severe backlash against the violence within Natchez. Nobody was charged, until Ray Edgar Killen in 1998. There was no conviction.

After researching the case further, we determined that the Silver Dollar group was more than likely involved. They are one of the most violent klaverns within the Ku Klux Klan. Members carried a silver dollar with the year of their birth on it to establish their membership.  They were also supposedly involved (White Dollar Group) in the Ferriday, L.A. murder of Frank Morris and the arson of his shop.  However, we were unable to identify any likely members involved in the murder.  The Klan was also known to have a large amount of members working at the Armstrong Runner Company, and that Medger Evers, president of the NAACP in Natchez and an employee at Armstrong, was seriously injured by a bomb planted inside his truck, which was parked inside the employee parking lot.  The parking lot had an attendant.

The bomb itself was fairly easy to construct.  Primer cord is cheap and readily available, even today.  It is primarily used for controlled detonation, most commonly for rock faces.  The two industries that would have the greatest need for this are construction and oil fields.  We investigated oil fields first, due to a tip that Wharlest Jackson's wife received.  However, there is very little documentation available on the oil fields, plus very few that were active in 1967 are still operating.

Findings

No one has been convicted in this crime, and the murderer is presumed dead.  Contact to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Vidalia Chamber of Commerce, and the Natchez Chamber of Commerce has not been returned.  We have not been able to identify members of the Silver Dollar Group.  The Armstrong Rubber Company is no longer in business.  We were, however, able to figure out the workings of the bomb, the fact that Wharlest Jackson did not park in the company parking lot the day he was bombed, and the group presumable responsible for the bombing.

BACKGROUND

 

GEORGE METCALFE AND THE NAACP

 

TROUBLE RISING

 

THE BOMBING OF GEORGE METCALFE

 

SILVER DOLLAR GROUP

 

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT THE CASE

 

FURTHER ACTION