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Jason Husser says the first steps toward healing involve remembering

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Posted: Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:00 am

Washington Parish in Louisiana sure doesn't look like the cutting edge of anything, much less a place at the frontlines of racial reconciliation, but a milestone event in American history is happening in a poor rural community with about as many alligators as people.

In 1965, during the height of the civil-rights movement, a group of suspected Ku Klux Klan members piled into a pickup somewhere near the village of Varnado. They proceeded to ambush the patrol car of the first two black deputy sheriffs in the parish. Creed Rodgers was severely injured and Oneal Moore, a 34-year-old father of four and Army veteran, was assassinated in a hate crime.

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