NEVER FORGET !
On March 23, 1964, Johnnie Mae Chappell was shot walking home after buying ice cream for her children. “A carload of white men drove by with a gun on the front seat. One of them had earlier declared, ‘Let’s get a n—–.'” Johnnie Mae Chappell was a wife and mother of 10 children and worked as a cleaner. Her husband was Willie Chappell and worked two jobs. After evidence and documents went missing her killer was charged with manslaughter – only serving three years in prison – and the other passengers were never charged. Detectives working the investigation claimed they lost their jobs due to their complaints regarding police racism and how the case was handled. On the 32nd anniversary of Chappell’s murder one of her sons, Shelton, organized a memorial church service for their family. Having seen an article about the planned service in the local newspaper, Cody attended and told the family the details of Chappell’s murder and his investigation. In 2005 Cody and Shelton filed a civil rights lawsuit against the city of Jacksonville and the men in the car; the suit was dismissed.#NEVERFORGET