"It was the high point of my life," Mr. Patterson later said in a June 2006 interview from his home in St. Petersburg. "It was the only time I was absolutely sure I was right. They were not telling the truth to people, and we tried to change that."
Pulitzer winner Eugene Patterson, voice on civil rights, dies at 89 →
He called on whites to raise money to rebuild the churches, sparking an effort that raised $10,000.