Mystery Continues about Missing Man

1 decade 2 years 8 months ago Wednesday, September 20 2006 Sep 20, 2006 Wednesday, September 20, 2006 2:54:41 PM CDT September 20, 2006 in News
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COLUMBIA--Missing Man files fail to shed light on disappearance of civil rights pioneer. Nearly 70 years after civil rights pioneer Lloyd Gaines disappeared, his surviving family members were hoping to find some clues to the mystery surrounding the black man who successfully sued to gain admission to the University of Missouri law school. But FBI records obtained by The Associated Press show the agency didn't investigate what happened to Gaines, who was last seen leaving a Chicago boarding house in 1939. George Gaines, the missing man's nephew, says he's disappointed but not surprised there was no information in the FBI files. Lloyd Gaines sued the Missouri law school and won in U-S Supreme Court in 1938. But he never made it to the school before his disappearance. Theories ranged from a violent ending at the hands of the Ku Klux Klan to a self-imposed exile in Mexico.

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