Cold case: FBI might release thousands of files on Louisiana KKK, civil rights-era murders

Published: Feb. 3, 2022

By: Liz Ryan, LSU Manship School News Service

The U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday approved four nominees to serve on a national board tasked with reviewing and eventually releasing to the public hundreds of thousands of pages of FBI documents on murder cases from the civil rights-era.

Most cases involve Ku Klux Klan murders of African Americans that occurred in Louisiana or other Southern states.

A fifth nominee for the Civil Rights Records Review Board has yet to be named.

Journalist Hank Klibanoff, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, won Senate committee approval Wednesday to serve on the Civil Rights Records Review Board.
Journalist Hank Klibanoff, a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, won Senate committee approval Wednesday to serve on the Civil Rights Records Review Board. Courtesy of Hank Klibanoff

The four nominees approved Wednesday are university professors. One, Hank Klibanoff, is a Pulitzer-prize winning journalist now teaching at Emory University. The other three are Margaret A. Burnham of Northeastern University, Gabrielle M. Dudley of Emory University, and Brenda E. Stevenson of UCLA.

The possibility of gaining access to unredacted documents about these cases has long been a hope of journalists, historians and family members still searching for answers to unsolved homicides.

According to the FBI and the Department of Justice, 15 Louisiana residents were murdered in these types of cases between 1954 and 1973.

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