“No Difference”

When Julie Moore’s father, Louis Compton, retired from his position as the Auburn City Recorder where he oversaw the city court, he made a critical point. He said, “In this job, there is no difference between a Negro and a white man...” In the segregated south that existed in 1966, this could be viewed as a radical statement. It reflects Compton’s belief in equal treatment – something he brought up his daughter to embrace and believe as well. We see this in the objection Julie had to a scene in the movie, “We Were Soldiers.”

Below is the first page of the article describing Compton’s years as the city judge. Sadly, the second page was lost.

If you cannot see the PDF on your device, here is a direct link.

Compton (second from left, 1st row) with the Auburn Police Department

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