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Town council votes to rename road named after local Klansman

Leaders in Fair Bluff voted Tuesday night to change the name of a road that research showed was named after a local Klansman. (Source: WECT) Leaders in Fair Bluff voted Tuesday night to change the name of a road that research showed was named after a local Klansman. (Source: WECT)
FAIR BLUFF, NC (WECT) -

A street in Fair Bluff that a local official says was named for a Klansman is getting a new name.

Fair Bluff town council voted Tuesday night to rename Brooks Street.

According to research by Councilwoman Clarice Faison, the street was named for Early Brooks. The former Ku Klux Klan leader was convicted in 1952 for his role in a local flogging.

"A little research was done and found out that it wasn't a positive background," Faison said.

The Editor and the Dragon, a documentary about newspaper editor Horace Carter, described Brooks as "the ideal lieutenant, an aggressive man who could do the Klan's dirty work while the grand dragon kept clean as the public face of the KKK."

Henry Bullock, 73, was one of the first people to approach Faison about a year and a half ago saying it's time the street got a new name. He lives on Brooks Street and remembers Early Brooks.

"He was really mean. He was really tough," Bullock said. "Catch us out here in the street at night, certain time of the night, we had to run. It was the Ku Klux Klan."

Council members voted to rename the road after the late Mr. and Mrs. Willie James Goodman, who lived on the street.

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