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U.S.: Forty years ago, they changed how hate groups are sued Friday, February 21, 2020

Courthouse News Service

Opal Jackson still carries the shotgun pellets in her leg.

On the night of April 19, 1980, a group of three Klansmen went on a shooting spree in a black neighborhood of Chattanooga. They used gasoline to set fire to a cross made of 2x4s where train tracks crossed over the road. Then, driving down the street firing two shotguns loaded with birdshot, the Klansmen injured four black women two blocks away.

Flying glass injured a fifth black woman. The brick wall near where she stood still bears the scars of the blast.

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