The Murder of Henry Marrow
Written by Erica Taylor, The Tom Joyner Morning Show Monday, 17 January 2011 18:00
In Oxford, North Carolina in 1970, a Vietnam veteran by the name of Henry Marrow, also known as Dickie, was murdered in a hate crime by Roger Oakley, Robert Teel and Larry Teel. The events following his murder would spark an outrage that reached the entire black community all over the country.
Marrow was raised by his single mother as a child, eventually moving in with cousins, the Chavis family, while in high school. At age 19, Marrow left for Vietnam. After settling back at home in 1970, Marrow rejoined his wife, Willie Mae, who was pregnant with their third child, along with his two daughters.
On May 11th, Marrow went to join friends after a family gathering. After greeting black women on the street, he gave a friendly nod to a white woman in the area, whose husband was nearby. The husband assumed that it was an inappropriate gesture to his wife, and he, along with two other white men, brutally beat and shot Marrow several times in the street. There were several black witnesses who would unanimously testify in court as to what they saw.
The events sparked a mass riot in the streets of Oxford by black residents that same night. After the three men were arrested, they were tried by an all-white jury and acquitted of all charges, despite the eyewitness accounts and inconsistent testimonies of the suspects.
Black Vietnam veterans launched an arson campaign, burning white-owned warehouses. Blacks would conduct a major march spanning 50 miles to see North Carolina's governor. Thousands would join them along the way. In further protest, the blacks would stop using white establishments to do business in the city.
The ruling sparked involvement from the Black Panther movement and the new leadership of Oxford resident Benjamin Chavis, who successfully integrated the town through legislation. The story of Henry Marrow is told in the 2010 movie, “Blood Done Sign My Name,” by Jeb Stuart.
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