The Elbert Williams Memorial Committee was formed on February 25, 2015 for the purpose of commemorating the life and legacy of Elbert Williams. Mr. Williams was the first known member of the NAACP to lose his life doing Civil Rights work on June 20, 1940. Mr. Williams has laid in an unknown, unmarked grave in Taylor’s Cemetery, Brownsville, Tennessee the date of his death.
He was a founding member of the 1939 NAACP. His death was the culmination of an effort to prevent African Americans from exercising their citizenship rights in Haywood County, Tennessee. These efforts led to a complete shutdown of the NAACP until it was re-chartered in 1961.