Does anyone know who her parents were? I can't find her obituary? I'm trying to find out if she is related to my family that lived in Mississippi.:
Johnnie Mae Chappell and the forgotten others
The names of all those who lost their lives to racial violence during the Civil
Rights Movement will never be known.
The media often paid little attention to the death of black people. Many murders
were never fully investigated.
Johnnie Mae Chappell was one of these forgotten victims.
She was gunned down along a roadside in Jacksonville, Florida, on March 23,
1964. Her killers — enraged by the prospect of racial equality — shot her from a
passing car. Two detectives were fired for exposing a police cover-up in the
Only four months old when his mother was killed, Shelton Chappell devoted his
life to uncovering the facts surrounding her death. In 1996 — six years after the
dedication of the Civil Rights Memorial — one of the fired detectives located
Shelton. Together, they pushed for justice and recognition for Shelton’s mother.
In 2000, the Memorial was re-dedicated to the memory of Johnnie Mae Chappell
and all the other victims of racial injustice — including those listed here — whose
stories may never be known.