Sprigle's secret journey

by: Bill Steigerwald | publication date: August 9, 1998 | Publication: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette |

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. -- No one in the small country church 50 years ago had any reason to suspect that their visitor was not who he said he was. It was true that James R. Crawford - the light-skinned Negro man from Pittsburgh - was a complete stranger. And a Northerner. But Crawford had come to their black fraternal group's district meeting and picnic with C.D. Haslerig, who was a prosperous dairy farmer and one of the leading black citizens in the rural northern Georgia cotton mill town. 

An introduction to the series written for the Post-Gazette's republication of the series in 1998, for the 50th anniversary.

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