On Oct. 9, 1944, a grand jury refused to indict the men. Outraged,
Parks urged people to write protest letters to then-Alabama Gov.
Chauncey Sparks. Hundreds of letters of outrage began pouring into
the governor’s office.
In response, Sparks ordered another investigation of the rape. On
Feb. 14, 1945, a Henry County grand jury refused to indict the
suspects for a second time. The men were never prosecuted.