"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.