A rural West Tennessee community is pushing the Justice Department to reopen a 75-year-old civil rights murder case.
Elbert Williams is believed to be the first NAACP official killed for seeking to register black voters. Yet the mysterious story of his 1940 murder is not widely known.
Clues about Williams' murder are thought to be buried with him, here in the Taylor Cemetery just outside Brownsville, Tenn.
Local attorney Jim Emison walks to a corner of the cemetery, set off by two towering oaks.
"This is the area where we believe he lies," Emison says.