FBI looking for families of civil rights victims

Baton Rouge, LA (WBRC) - The FBI is asking for help to locate relatives of victims in 33 civil rights cold cases to let them know what happened to their loved ones.

The FBI announced last week the next phase of its Civil Rights era Cold Case Initiative. It says it needs to find next-of-kin in 33 civil rights cold cases to let families know what happened to their loved ones and to possibly obtain additional investigative information.

Investigators said this next phase was the result of more than two years of exhaustive investigation into 108 civil rights-era cold cases.

A complete list of the unsolved cold cases can be seen here on the FBI's website or by visiting www.fbi.gov and searching for "civil rights cold case initiative."  The list of unsolved cases where investigators are looking for relatives includes the following from the Birmingham area:

Nathan Johnson: On May 8, 1966, two police officers in Alabaster, Alabama, stopped Nathan Johnson for driving under the influence of alcohol. Johnson was transported to the station where he allegedly struggled with one of the officers and was shot and killed.

William Lewis Moore: On April 23, 1963, William Moore was shot and killed by an individual near Attalla, Alabama. Moore, a postal worker from Baltimore, Maryland, and a former Marine had begun a solo march from Chattanooga, Tennessee, en route to Jackson, Mississippi, to deliver a letter to the governor urging the integration of the University of Mississippi.

Johnny Robinson: Johnny Robinson was a 16-year-old African-American who was shot and killed by a police officer in Birmingham, Alabama, on September 15, 1963, during the aftermath of the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.

If you have any information concerning the next-of-kin in these or other cases, the FBI asks you please contact your local FBI office or the nearest American embassy or consulate.