A trestle in Athens, GA that appeared on the back cover of R.E.M.'s 1983 album, "Murmur," is facing an uncertain future. Cameron McWhirter recently wrote about the bridge for the Wall Street Journal - and he tells us the story.
Many of us trace the Civil Rights movement back to the Montgomery Bus Boycott and Rosa Parks' arrest in 1955. But the true beginning may have been during the summer of 1919, remembered as "Red Summer," when race riots erupted across the country. At that time, NAACP membership grew exponentially, as black World War I veterans returned from fighting for democracy abroad and demanded freedom at home. Despite President Woodrow Wilson's promise to further human rights in the U.S., the federal government turned a blind eye and did little to even to protect African-Americans from racial violence.