Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

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September 11, 2013

Pat vs. the muckraker

(Continued)

The article stated that a long time resident commented, “People are complaining about Frank using the term ‘Colored People’?! At least he didn’t make the comment about what the signs on the outskirts of town said because I do believe the first word was the ‘N’ word. ‘N, don’t let the sun set on your back in Decatur County!’ and it even had a picture of the sun setting! I can remember seeing it with my own two eyes.”

The article didn’t include the name of the person quoted. After hearing that story for years I tried to prove it true or untrue. All I needed was a picture proving that it was on a road as one entered Greensburg. No one has ever supplied one. Pictures would certainly have been taken of that sign. The man the writer quoted said he had seen it. I talked with L. Wayne Miers years ago who admitted to being in the Klan but said the sign never existed.

A real historian would want proof of what happened when “Greensburg’s white residents drove out most of its black population?” I wrote about that incident years ago and got proof from court records. It’s evident that that the writer didn’t care about the truth. Russell Wilhoit and I wonder if this is the man that came to Greensburg a few years ago and wanted to know about that incident. I told him how I had proven that what he’d heard wasn’t true, as did Russell, but he wasn’t interested.

Davis, history professor at the U of Denver and at Duke University until 1999 grew up in Decatur County and returned to this county constantly during the years, but had never heard that story until he returned to live full time in Greensburg 14 years ago. He’s checked files, records and failed to find anything to support the story.

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