Film sheds needed light on Jackson

Published 12:14 am Friday, February 18, 2011

It’s never too late to right a wrong, and one of the greatest wrongs in Natchez history is thankfully in the spotlight again.

A documentary film producer has completed a look at the murder of Wharlest Jackson, and his work will air on television tonight.

Since many locals don’t get the station, local tourism officials have arranged for a public viewing at the city auditorium at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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The airing of the film could offer the spark the case needs.

No one was ever arrested for the car bombing that killed the civil rights leader shortly after he had taken a promotion to a “whites only” job.

Many believe the people responsible for the crime are dead.

But closure is still needed, one way or the other.

Someone knows and has evidence that will provide the missing piece and offer Jackson’s family an end to their wondering.

Someone needs to come forward.

The attention a documentary can shed on the matter is welcome. Jackson was a Natchezian and his story is our story.

Take some time tonight or next week to learn more about the case. You may not be able to offer closure, but understanding the past will help us in the future.