Monday, December 17, 2012
Louis Allen, January 31, 1964
Louis Allen, a World War II veteran and logger, had voted for the first time in his life due to the encouragement of Herbert Lee a local civil rights activist. After witnessing the brutal, bold murder of Herbert Lee by E. H. Hurst, Allen was threatened into lying about the homicide, but later found the courage to recant. He suffered severe beatings by the hands of Deputy Sheriff Daniel Jones, and on January 31, 1964 he was shot to death in his driveway in Amite, Mississippi.