American Martyr

William Schneider, Jonathan Myrick Daniels
Jon Daniels, a 26-year-old seminary student and volunteer civil rights worker, was shot to death in broad daylight on August 20, 1965, by a deputy sheriff as Daniels approached a cash story in Hayneville, Alabama. The bullet was intended for a 16-year-old black girl, whom Jon pushed to the ground, thus saving her life. The deputy sheriff was acquitted; the jurys verdict was deplored by the press and the church, while American society still struggled with fresh reminders of racism in the aftermath of the Watts Riots.


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