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Black Cities / North Carolina / Alabama #2089

ABC Evening News for Monday, Jan 13, 1969
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(Studio) Floyd McKissick announces plans to create all-black town in Warren Company, North Carolina. Secretary Agriculture Orville Freeman promises help in planning. Soul City to have population of 18,000 in 10 years One black city incorporated year ago.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Roosevelt City, Alabama) Created city because couldn't be point of white cities. Whites afraid of educated black middle class vote and of shanty towns. Town improvements being made after incorporation. Black policemen patrol streets for $19 week; crime down 80%. [Police Chief James FOY - comments on town's ideals.] Comments from Andrew Billingsley, Mayor Freddie Rogers, and Fire Chief Willie Rankin. Establishing city only way of achieving political identity for blacks.
REPORTER: Lou Cioffi

Cioffi, Lou;
Reynolds, Frank

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