King, Primus E., 1900-1986


Primus E. King, an African American registered to vote, was turned away from the courthouse in Columbus, Georgia when he sought to vote in the Democratic Party's primary election on July 4, 1944. Oscar D. Smith Sr., a white attorney, prepared a lawsuit against members of the Muscogee County Democratic Party Executive Committee for denying King his right to vote. Federal district court judge T. Hoyt Davis ruled in King's favor as did the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, overturning Georgia's "white only" primary. King worked in Columbus as a a barber and minister.

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