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Local Civil Rights leader passes away in Anniston

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Anniston's Carnegie Library. Source: WBRC video Anniston's Carnegie Library. Source: WBRC video
ANNISTON, AL (WBRC) -

A well-known leader of the Civil Rights era has passed away in Anniston.

Rev. Nimrod Reynolds died Sunday at the age of 82. Reynolds is remembered for trying to integrate the Carnegie Library in Anniston with another minister in 1963. He tried to get a library card and his request escalated into a crowd of whites beating him and the other minister.

The incident brought considerable attention to the city and a phone call from President John F. Kennedy to Anniston leaders.

Funeral arrangements for the Reverend are pending. He served at the 17th Street Missionary Baptist Church until 2009, when he retired.

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