Mobile Street Renamed For Victim of Klan Murder

Published: May. 17, 2006 at 1:26 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 25, 2006 at 4:01 PM CDT
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A Mobile city street where the body of a black man killed by members of the Ku Klux Klan was hanged in a tree has been renamed for the victim.

Herndon Avenue was renamed Michael Donald Avenue in a ceremony Tuesday.

The murder of 19-year-old Donald in 1981 led to the execution of one of his killer's, Ku Klux Klan member Henry Hays. Klansman Frank Cox was sentenced to 99 years in prison, while James L. "Tiger" Knowles, who testified against Hays, received a life sentence.

A proposal to change the street name came at the request of Donald's family, some of whom attended an unveiling ceremony.

The Mobile City Council unanimously approved it.

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