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38 N o M o r e Fear Myrlie Evers Three months before Emmett Till arrived Reverend George Lee was killed by a shotgun blast to the face. It was ruled a traffic accident. He had been the first to register to vote in his county. One week before Emmett Till arrived Lamar Smith voted in the democratic primary and was shot at high noon in front of the county courthouse. There were no arrests. Medgar cried when he heard about young Till. Then he dressed as a sharecropper helped find witnesses and smuggled them out of town for their safety. When Uncle Mose stood up in court, pointed right at J. W. Milam, identified him as the killer, we thought the air would split, but it didn’t. Instead a seam opened up in that place where we kept all our fears. ...

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