NC town council votes to rename road named after local Klansman

(Credit: WECT)

(Credit: WECT)

FAIR BLUFF, N.C. — A street in Fair Bluff is getting a new name after a local official discovered it was named for a Klansman, WECT reports.

The Fair Bluff Town Council voted Tuesday night to rename Brooks Street.

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

Brooks was described in a documentary 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, remembers Brooks and described him as “really mean,” saying he had to run from Brooks at times if he saw him at night.

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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