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Elbert Williams was the very first NAACP member in this country to die fighting for civil rights. After being kidnapped by the Sheriff Elect, Tip Hunter and a group of men, Elbert Williams was found in the Hatchie River with bullet holes in his chest and a heavy mutilated body. The chilling details of this murder essentially silenced and disenfranchised the local black community for decades and still has an impact of his family. Seventy-eight years after his body was found, a Tennessee County District attorney reopened an investigation into his death.