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Medford B. Evans turns out to be yet another missing link from the Ghosts of Mississippi like Elmore Graves, his boss at The Councillor of The Citizens Councils in Jackson, Mississippi to Boris Pash, James Angelton's favorite assassin, when both Evans and Pash worked together at the Atomic Energy Commission to H. L. Hunt (Willoughby's financial angel) whom he worked for at Facts Forum in Dallas, to his close fiends at The John Birch Society, Robert Morris, Edwin Walker and Charles Willoughby.

Educated Mississippi based Racists, Eugenicists and White Supremacists, close to the Draper, Coon, Amoss and Greaves nexus of characters who later became John Birchers, after graduation from Yale who were also very active in The Citizens Councils movements are for me at least, prime candidates for major movers and shakers in the entire JFK assassination plot. When you add these facts to his relationship with William F. Buckley, Jr., the H. Smith Richardson Foundation, MKULTRA and a book written by his son about Boris Pash you have the perfect "Triple Troika" of culpability in my honest opinion.

After the roles of Medford B. Evans and M. Stanton Evans sink in, you will probably join me and others in realizing that the Evans family fit the perfect paradigm of those who wanted JFK dead and gone. And they knew how to use MKULTRA and its blackmail value to make sure that no one would ever raise a stink about how JFK was eliminated.

And they probably were utilized by or utilized both Boris Pash and James Angleton to help them murder Frank Olson, James Forrestal, JFK and perhaps even MLK and RFK. Certainly they used Draper money to snuff Medgar Evers, Jr., the Birmingham Choir Girls and the Freedom Riders in Mississippi. Greaves and Evans actually raised money to defend all 3 of the eventually convicted murderers in these cases after Wickliffe Draper sent funds through the Miss Sov Comm to pay for these assassinations.

For an opening salvo here is a posting from Hunter Gray...

The Evanses: Father & Son -- and Arizona and Mississippi

Hunter Gray hunterbadbear at hunterbear.org

Tue Nov 6 15:00:14 EST 2007

NOTE BY HUNTER BEAR: November 6 2007

A face slightly older in years than mine [and frankly looking much, much

older in the physical sense] appeared briefly on MSNBC's "Morning Joe'

program early today. That three hour stretch is hosted by the congenial,

moderate, and somewhat conservative, Joe Scarborough, and, in addition to its

interesting staff of several perspectives, brings in a fairly wide variety

of mainline pundit views on numerous topics. After I returned from a very

early morning trek, I poured more coffee and water, turned on the tube and

who should I see on Morning Joe but beamed-in M. Stanton Evans. He's

pushing his new book, Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator

Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies. It draws, apparently,

on much FBI material.

Brought to mind some memories. Other times, other places.

Back in my Springtime and for long thereafter, M. Stanton Evans was in the

upper elevations of the far right -- a favorite of Young Americans for

Freedom and related groups. Editor of the extremely conservative

Indianapolis Star -- a Eugene Pulliam daily -- he pounded out that gospel

for many years. He lacked the charm and wit of Bill Buckley but his fires

blazed far and high. The Pulliam Press included a number of such poisonous

figures -- and, down in Arizona, we all were burdened by one of Pulliam's

worst combos, The Arizona Republic and the Phoenix Gazette. Those formed an

early dislike of me, to put it mildly, and one of the Republic's columnists,

Art Heenan, wrote venomously of "Young Mr. S., the head of the Arizona State

Communist Party" -- at a point where I and others were not only engaged in

our academic work at Arizona State University but also, in timely and

productive fashion, spending much more effort raising miners' relief and

union defense funds for Mine-Mill during the great copper strike of 1959-60

and the concurrent witch-hunting "Mine-Mill Conspiracy Trial" up in Denver.

[Mine-Mill won the strike and, some years later, the Federal appellate court

threw out all of the "conspiracy cases."] As a point of fact, there hadn't

been a Communist Party in Arizona since I was a high school sophomore.

Heenan, who had worked with the FBI in trying to derail our showings of Salt

of the Earth [we persevered], was a Bircher in Bircher Paradise. Phoenix

had numerous Birch branches and at least 100 kindred "Anti-Communist

Leagues." Eventually, the Pulliam folks -- following the shrewd Goldwater

perspective -- became uneasy about this burgeoning phenomenon and Heenan

eventually joined a car dealer, Ev Meacham, in forming a most Birchy daily

paper. But that folded, Heenan died of drink, Meacham made it to the

governorship and was then soon impeached and removed. Salt of the Earth

still continues and so do I and many others of that era.


As I cut my Trail into the Deep South, I always kept an eye on the many

folks like M. Stanton Evans. But actually, I found the activities of his

father, Medford Evans, more interesting. The elder Evans, Dr. Evans, became

the education intellectual of the Citizens' Councils of America ["States

Rights / Racial Integrity". ] That outfit, headquartered at Jackson,

maintained a classically totalitarian hold on the Magnolia State and exerted

considerable nefarious influence in much of the rest of the South.

Medford Evans was certainly in the Council's top councils -- the inner/inner

circle. In May, 1963, Evans paid a visit to a friend of ours, James W.

Silver, then in History at Ole Miss, one of the few outspoken white critics

of segregation in the state, and soon-to-be author of the classic,

Mississippi: The Closed Society." This was in the aftermath of the Jim

Meredith desegregation crisis at the University and, in one of the letters

to his children published in his subsequent book, Jim remarks that Mrs

Silver, learning that Evans was coming, feared the Seg Mogul would shoot

Jim. Silver spoke at length with Dr Evans. In the letter to his children,

Jim writes his impressions at length and I quote only the keynote:

"This is a strange character. He taught English as an instructor here [Ole

Miss] from 1928 to 1930. Taught in a good many small schools, including

Chattanooga, the college in Natchitoches,La., was dean at McMurray College,

etc. etc. During the war, he had a job having to do with security at Oak

Ridge and here, apparently, he got the notion that most people were likely

to be communists."

In September, 1964, Dr Evans wrote a small manual for the Citizens' Council

which was sniffing, however unhappily, change in the air. How To Start A

Private School, done in a tightly written questions-and-answers format,

outlines the key Retreat Option. I do give the Old Doc credit for good

organization and writing -- and have a copy of How To in my collection of

hate materials. In time, as desegregation proceeded, there were some

Council schools but the idea, in the context of the fast moving South and

Nation, didn't really catch fire under that sponsorship. Private "Christian

Academies" -- now in many parts of the country and far more interested in

theology than "racial integrity" and, indeed, sometimes more or less

desegregated -- have had more success.

M. Stanton Evans had only a few minutes on today's Morning Joe. As his

now late father always did, he continued his own fervent defense of Joe

McCarthy. Scarborough asked a few polite questions, one or two of which

appeared at least implicitly critical of Senator Joe, and ended it.

But I do have memories. Here attached, in an older post of mine, is a

discussion of the twilight of the once-feared [White] Citizens Council, a

mention of Dr Medford Evans, and some reflections on a [somewhat] Changing




Note by Hunter Bear:

I'm posting this -- with its new commentary by me -- on two or three lists

where there might be some interest.

In another discussional context, the matter of the St. Louis-based Council


Conservative Citizens has arisen. This outfit, which has claimed a national

membership of 15,000 [a figure I strongly suspect is greatly inflated],

is, however poisonous, of not much account compared to the genuinely

dangerous adversaries confronting our Forces of Light. The CCC fighting

agenda which includes Defense of the Stars & Bars and combating an

ostensible PC attack on the Confederate Museum at New Orleans -- plus the

usual sniping at Martin King -- frankly doesn't seem to me to be exactly

what's going to take things swiftly and effectively back to 1861 -- or even

1961. The apparently all-male aging and portly leadership in their website

photo wouldn't be able to follow me very far at all into the 'way back and

super-high ridges that rise immediately behind our up-on-the-far-edge Idaho

home and into which I go a few times each week in my Size 15 Vasque Mountain

Boots, sometimes for five or six very steep miles.

In late March, 1988, in the Deep South for several speaking engagements, I

and my oldest son, John, had dinner one evening at an excellent restaurant

on the outskirts of Jackson. Our host, Erle Johnston, a veteran

newspaperman, a much older person than I, had been, in the Old Days, a

shrewd, mortal and deadly adversary. A leading figure in the Ross Barnett

administration - public relations director of the State Sovereignty

Commission and then its head -- he came to see more clearly than anyone else

in that whole camp the bloody abyss into which the Citizens Council movement

was taking Mississippi. As early as 1962, calling himself "a practical

segregationist," he resigned from the Citizens Councils and began to

criticize the Council leadership as "extremist."

And then, a bit later, in a truly extraordinary move given his surroundings,

he proceeded in two significant steps to cut off a long-standing state

government subsidy [interracial tax dollars] to the White Councils which

had been regularly channeled through the Sovereignty Commission. The fiery

national Council leader, Bill Simmons of Jackson, immediately called on

Barnett to fire Johnston -- but Barnett, loyal to his old friend, refused.

Johnston caught heavy flak but hung on. He was now calling Simmons "The

Rajah of Race."

Johnston, thus the very first moderate-of-sorts in the old Mississippi

segregationist camp, continued his own strange journey onward into the

surrealistic transitional administration of the new Governor [former Lt.

Governor], Paul B Johnson, Jr [1964-68] -- where Erle served increasingly as

a kind of race-relations mediator in the then early-on and sometimes chaotic

rapidly desegregating racial situation. He left state government in 1968, by

then quietly convinced of the validity and necessity of racial integration,

to return to his newspaper, the Scott County Times. Years later, he ran for

mayor of his substantial town of Forest and won -- with virtually all of the

many Black votes. [it is he, who as Mayor, desperately called me in North

Dakota for advice on how to deal with a heavy snowfall. I was, of course,

experienced with that problem and was quite helpful to him.]

Erle Johnston wrote a number of good books on Mississippi. His initial one,

Roll With Ross, was a study of Ross Barnett and that very turbulent

administration. I reviewed it, favorably, for the quarterly Journal of

Southern History [came out in November '81 along with a review of my own

book] -- and that's how Erle and I connected [1980] in Post-War Mississippi.

A later 1990 book of his, large and full and very honest, is Mississippi's

Defiant Years: 1953-1973: An Interpretive Documentary with Personal


It carries a an eloquent Foreword by his old friend, also from Grenada,

William F. "Bill" Winter. It is Bill Winter who, as Mississippi State Tax

Collector in the Old Days, was the one significant public official at any

level who flatly refused to join the Citizens Councils. His own

gubernatorial administration, 1980-84, was one of the very best Mississippi

has ever had. In his Foreword to Defiant Years, Bill Winter wrote: "This is

a book about a time and place that will forever be etched in the memory of

those of us who lived in Mississippi in the 1950's and '60's."

Defiant Years [ which opens with a Tribute to long time Black civil rights

activists Aaron Henry and Charles Evers], carries a number of testimonials

from various persons of some prominence in the Mississippi milieu -- and the

back book cover conspicuously features four of those: General William D.

McCain, president emeritus of University of Southern Mississippi; Hodding

Carter III, of many things -- including Secretary of State for Jimmy Carter;

myself [ then John R Salter, Jr]; and the noted American historian from

USM, Neil R. McMillen.

Only in Mississippi.

Richard Barrett, the arch-Nazi Nationalist Movement leader from Learned,

Mississippi [near Jackson] venomously attacked Erle Johnston [and myself and

others] through this whole latter-day period. He was especially vitriolic

toward Erle who he consistently termed a "scalawag." Interestingly, Barrett

is a Dixie Convert -- originally from New Jersey [which, I'm sure, was glad

to see him leave long, long ago.]

As we ate that late March, 1988 evening, Erle and I and John were surrounded

in the restaurant by a lively throng of high school students celebrating a

friend's birthday. The honoree was Black and the group very well mixed on a

Black / White basis. As this encouraging [but now long racially

commonplace] event proceeded, Erle, in response to a question from me,

talked about the status and health of the once huge and powerful Citizens

Councils -- no friends of his to the bitter end! He told us they'd moved

their "national headquarters" several times and were now in very modest

quarters. He'd been over there to look over their extremely large library.

"They sit each day at a long table and talk about the old days. Got a lot

of books in there and sometimes they just sit and read."

"Is my book there?" I asked.

"You bet it is," he grinned. "At least three copies."

"Bill Simmons, is he there?".

Erle nodded. "Faithfully, from what I hear."

"And Dr. Evans?" [Medford Evans, arch-ideologue and former college English

professor -- and the father of the Indianapolis Star-based national

conservative writer, M. Stanton Evans.]

"He, too," said Erle. "All the old guard."

Only a very few years after that, the Citizens Councils hung it up and

formally went out of business.

And this new thing -- the Council of Conservative Citizens?

Well, if I were a hot-eyed Reb, it wouldn't be my idea at all of the Ditch

for which to fight and perhaps die. I'd be riding Bigger Dragons -- which

is the point of my post which now follows.

And Erle? Erle died in 1995. I miss him.

Hunter [Hunter Bear]



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This posting is from Steve Rankin who might be related to former Congressman Rankin from Mississippi I think it was

Apparently Medford Evans lost a Professorship because of his racial issues. Steve Rankin

characterizes Evans as having the pallor and demeanor of a Funeral Director. His photo

bears that out. Overall Medford Evans was a most reprehensible and despicable character.



The Passing of William J. Simmons

I was thinking about William J. Simmons not long ago and wondering if he was still living.

Medford Evans (father of M. Stanton Evans) was another leader in the Citizens Councils. Medford Evans spoke at Mississippi College when I was a student there, but I don't remember what he talked about. I recall once seeing him-- he had the demeanor of an undertaker-- coming out of the Jackson Municipal Library with a big stack of books under his arm. (The library was then located at the corner of Yazoo and State streets, across from the present Eudora Welty Library.) Evans was once a college professor in Louisiana but lost his job because of his racial ideas.

I remember when Simmons announced that the Citizens Councils were disbanding and he was going to run a bed and breakfast inn full time. He had a little controversy a few years ago when he wanted to expand the parking space for his inn, which was located in a residential area near Millsaps College.

The Citizens Councils established a group of white-only schools, one of which was in a two-story building in the Fondren area of Jackson; it was on Downing Street just off State Street. I'm not sure what is in that building now, but I used to walk by there and see a sign that said "YANA." I was curious about what that meant, and I finally caught someone coming out of the building one evening and asked him. He said it was an organization that counseled alcoholics, and YANA stood for "You Are Not Alone." The building was later used for music lessons, and an assistant state attorney general, Giles Bryant, was mugged and murdered while he was waiting out front there to pick up his children.

Another thing I remember about the Citizens Councils involved my friend Lawrence Abrams Sr., one of the owners of Cole's department store in Natchez. Mr. Abrams told me that the council pressured him to fire an older black man who had worked for him for a long time, but he refused to do so.

At any rate, I wonder if Simmons ever gave any in-depth interviews. It would be interesting to know whether he changed his views on race. (If memory serves, he had a cameo appearance in 'Eyes on the Prize,' the PBS documentary about the civil rights movement.)

The Associated Press | November 27, 2007

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