Grimes, Willie Ernest, 1949-1969


Willie Ernest Grimes was born in Winterville, North Carolina, a rural eastern town in Pitt County just outside Greenville. He attended North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State College in Greensboro, North Carolina. On May 21, 1969, Grimes was shot on the edge of campus during a racial disturbance in the area in which he was not a participant.

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