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Missouri Town's Conflict #497882

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 14, 1978
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(Studio) Report with regard to plight of Hayti Heights, Missouri, town of all black citizens who had to fight to get town on map and to keep it there.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Hayti Heights, Missouri) Background of Hayti Heights, formed by migrant workers in 1940's and incorporated 5 years ago by residents in order to get fed. funds, given. Lawsuit filed against city by Mrs. Virginia Leed Cherry, white woman who owns about 1/4 of land incorporated by city, detailed. Statement by Cherry attorney and his denial of racial motivation for case cited. [Hayti Heights Mayor David HUMES - questions whether or not lawsuit would have been brought if city not all black.] Possibility noted that city may be dissolved and jurisdiction returned to Pimiscot Cnty., whose neglect caused city to be formed in 1st place.
REPORTER: Gerald Harrington

(Studio) Missouri supreme court ruling that Hayti Heights to stay as is reported Mayor Humes' statement quoted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

Harrington, Gerald;
Savitch, Jessica

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