John Earl Reese
|Born||October 9, 1939|
Gregg County, Texas, USA
|Died||October 23, 1955 (aged 16)|
Longview, Gregg County, Texas, USA
|Resting place||Smith Chapel Cemetery, Mayflower, Rusk County, Texas, USA|
John Earl Reese (October 9, 1939 – October 23, 1955) was an African American teenager who was murdered in Gregg County, Texas.
Death and afterward
On October 22, 1955, Reese, along with his cousins Joyce Faye Crockett Nelson and Johnnie Crockett, were dancing in a local cafe. Two white men, Joe Simpson and Perry Dean Ross, shot the teenagers from a passing car. His cousins survived, but Reese died the next day.
The two suspects shot up some homes and churches before being arrested. Ross, the shooter in the Reese murder, was convicted of murder, and given a five-year suspended sentence. Simpson was indicted but the charge was dismissed.
- amending the death certificate from accident to homicide
- overseeing the creation of new gravestones.
- renaming a local street to John Earl Reese Road
- The Trouble I've Seen
- "John Earl Reese - Killing Solved" news clipping
- Teen's 1955 death identified as early civil rights killing