Car bombs couldn’t stop local reformer

The odds of being murdered in the U.S. are roughly 1 in 6,100 according to data from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, but the odds of surviving an attempted murder are far smaller.

Surviving not two or three, but four attempts on one’s life, the odds become astronomical. And it means somebody clearly has a problem with you.

For Ben Henry Pooley, would-be assassins might have seemed commonplace. Pooley was a community leader in Milton during the 1960s and 1970s. Though segregation had become unlawful and many places had embraced, somewhat begrudgingly, the new norm, parts of Milton were still stuck in the old way Santa Rosa Historical Society President Rich Baldwin said.

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The Santa Rosa Historical Society reenacted the bombing of Ben Henry Pooley’s vehicle during their historic Ghost Walk through downtown Milton at the exact location the original vehicle fire occurred in the mid-1970s.

The Santa Rosa Historical Society reenacted the bombing of Ben Henry Pooley’s vehicle during their historic Ghost Walk through downtown Milton at the exact location the original vehicle fire occurred in the mid-1970s.

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