March 19, 1965: Stories featured in the Suffolk News-Herald 40 years ago…

Published 12:00 am Saturday, March 19, 2005

Local Negroes March in Tribute

Suffolk joined other areas of the state and nation Thursday afternoon when some 350 Negroes, including many school students, marched through Suffolk’s main business district in memorial tribute to the late Rev. James Reeb and Jimmie Lee Jackson, both killed during civil rights demonstrations in Alabama.

Singing and carrying posters depicting their cause, the marchers, escorted by police, proceeded down Washington Street to the Municipal Center where they held a 30 minute program that included prayers, songs and speeches.

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Talks were given by the Rev. H. W. Bell, president of the local NAACP organization; Alfred Bailey, a union official; Moses Riddick, Nansemond County supervisor; Lock Parker, president of Local 26 Retail, Wholesale Department Store Union and the Rev. Ronald Morris, chairman of the Suffolk-Nansemond Coordinating Committee.

Clinic will be auctioned

The Forest Hill Medical Clinic will be sold at public auction on Monday to satisfy a $25,000 obligation entered into by Stephen D. Carnes Jr. on Oct. 7, 1963.

Sale of the $100,000 building will be subject to a first deed of trust amounting to $60,000 of which $56,000 is still due.

Real estate taxes on the building for 1962, 1963 or 1964 are also still due.

The building was constructed in 1963 and currently houses three physicians. It was one of a number of projects undertaken by Carnes before this investment empire collapsed last September. He is serving a three year federal prison sentence for fraud.

Monday’s auction will be held at noon in front of the Professional Building.

Obici will soon have own medical archives

Dr. M. A. Michael, chairman of the Louise Obici Memorial Library Committee, has begun collecting items for display in the Medical Museum of Medical Archives he is establishing at the hospital.

Dr. Michael has long been interested in the history of medicine and has been working for some time to establish the museum in the hospital.

He has collected a number of old medical books and instruments already and is seeking others. He is particularly interested in collecting relics used by doctors who practiced in the Tri-County area in years past.

He has issued a plea to all area residents who had relatives who practiced medicine and left their books or instruments to contact him at the hospital for possible use of the items in the museum.

Charges are discussed at closed door session

Nansemond County officials including members of the School Board, architects who designed three new high schools

and some Negro leaders met for three hours last night in the Nansemond County Courthouse.

The meeting was closed to the general public in order to prevent any emotional situation that might have arisen during discussion between the school board and Negro leaders.

Although no details of the meeting were disclosed it is understood both groups discussed grievances and demands made by the Negro group at the March 9 meeting of the school board.

No visiting at the hospital

Because of a noticeable increase in the upper respiratory and virus infections in the Suffolk area recently, officials at Louise Obici Memorial Hospital today requested minimal patient visiting by area residents.

A hospital spokesman said this would greatly benefit patients in the hospital as well as visitors since the infections are highly contagious and spread by personal contact.The infections had not and probably will not reach an epidemic stage, the official said, but he stressed the importance of isolating the infection to prevent its spread.

-Compiled by Jennifer Rose