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Crain and Sons Funeral Home

2000 Washington Street
Franklinton, LA 70438
(985) 839-5188
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Crain Funeral Home Inc

1109 Bene Street
Franklinton, LA 70438
(985) 839-5676
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Jack Johnson's death on US 1: 'My daddy heard it from the barbershop and came running.' – Shaffer - News & Observer (blog)

Monday, February 06, 2017

Jim Crow, crashed his Lincoln Zephyr in the little town of Franklinton.The story of Jack Johnson’s fatal wreck, just 25 miles from Raleigh, remains notorious given that one of world’s most recognizable men was refused aid from a white ambulance driver and died in a segregated hospital. Seven decades later, Jack Johnson remains a towering figure in both sports and civil rights, an icon who turns up in rap songs, comic books and a gag line from Ron Burgundy in “Anchorman.”The life of “The Galveston Giant” inspired a Tony-winning play, a movie starring James Earl Jones and a documentary by Ken Burns, master of the slow zoom. But those works gave scant mention to the champion’s final hours. A new film follows Johnson’s life to the people who saw it end at a curve on U.S. 1.“My daddy heard it from the barbershop and came running,” said Joe Cutchins Jr., 73, funeral director in Franklinton. “He was the undertaker in town, and as they carried Jack away, he wrote this epitaph: He drove too far, too fast, too long.”Making a Johnson documentary with a local emphasis could be tricky considering so much about the fighte...

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Jack Johnson's death on US 1: 'My daddy heard it from the barbershop and came running.' – Shaffer - News & Observer (blog)

Monday, February 06, 2017

Jim Crow, crashed his Lincoln Zephyr in the little town of Franklinton.The story of Jack Johnson’s fatal wreck, just 25 miles from Raleigh, remains notorious given that one of world’s most recognizable men was refused aid from a white ambulance driver and died in a segregated hospital. Seven decades later, Jack Johnson remains a towering figure in both sports and civil rights, an icon who turns up in rap songs, comic books and a gag line from Ron Burgundy in “Anchorman.”The life of “The Galveston Giant” inspired a Tony-winning play, a movie starring James Earl Jones and a documentary by Ken Burns, master of the slow zoom. But those works gave scant mention to the champion’s final hours. A new film follows Johnson’s life to the people who saw it end at a curve on U.S. 1.“My daddy heard it from the barbershop and came running,” said Joe Cutchins Jr., 73, funeral director in Franklinton. “He was the undertaker in town, and as they carried Jack away, he wrote this epitaph: He drove too far, too fast, too long.”Making a Johnson documentary with a local emphasis could be tricky considering so much about the fighte...