Saturday, June 23, 2007

Brown's Grocery Store Robbed

On this date in 1933, Buck Barrow and W.D. Jones staged a daring daylight robbery of Robert and Nell Brown's Grocery Store at 111 West Lafayette in Fayetteville. They fled south on U.S. 71 and engaged in a gun battle that was fatal to Alma Marshall Henry D. Humphrey.

The above information and photograph come from a website about Bonnie and Clyde Barrow. Brown's Grocery Store is no more; Fayetteville's historic heritage was robbed, too. Despite the valiant effort of local preservation advocate Paula Marinoni, the building was demolished by Central United Methodist Church to make way for an unsightly parking edifice that pays homage to its unchecked ability to destroy trees and historic buildings in order to glorify its congregation and make a shorter walk with thee.

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