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St. Petersburg Times editor emeritus Eugene Patterson wins civil rights honor

St. Petersburg

Journalist wins civil rights honor

Eugene Patterson, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1967 for his Atlanta Constitution editorials advocating racial equality, will receive another honor Saturday. His shoe prints will be added to the International Civil Rights Walk of Fame at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. Patterson is editor emeritus of the St. Petersburg Times.

The walk was established in 2004 to recognize leaders in the civil rights movement. Previous inductees include Medgar Evers, Rosa Parks, Desmond Tutu and Ralph McGill, onetime editor and publisher of the Constitution.

"I'm just tremendously honored to be remembered in this memorial to Dr. King and to have my footprints there with Ralph McGill and other great contributors to the civil rights changes of the 1960s," Patterson said.

Shoes used to create the footsteps will be on display during the unveiling. Patterson said he sent a pair of Size 81/2 EEE Florsheims for the tribute.

Mary Jane Park, Times staff writer

St. Petersburg

Memorial to honor 'Blackthorn' victims

A memorial will be held at 11 a.m. today marking the 30th anniversary of the Blackthorn disaster, which killed 23 of the 50 crew members aboard the Coast Guard cutter near the Sunshine Skyway bridge.

The Blackthorn sank after colliding with the tanker Capricorn on Jan. 28, 1980, in the biggest peacetime disaster in Coast Guard history.

Today's ceremony will be at Blackthorn Memorial Park on the north end of the Skyway, 2 miles from the accident site, where the names of crew members who died that day are inscribed.


Motorcyclist, 64, dies in collision

A 64-year-old man was killed Wednesday night when his motorcycle collided with a car at 54th Avenue N and 16th Street, police said.

Michael C. McGhee of St. Petersburg was driving his 2007 Harley-Davidson north on 16th Street shortly before 7 p.m. when he made a left turn into the path of a southbound Mazda being driven by John William Zurek Jr. of St. Petersburg. McGhee, who was wearing a helmet, was thrown from his bike.

He was pronounced dead at Bayfront Medical Center.

St. Petersburg Times editor emeritus Eugene Patterson wins civil rights honor 01/27/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 4:54pm]
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