Before me the undersigned authority in and for the Parish and State aforesaid, and residing therein, on the 12th day of September, 1967, at CLINTON, LOUISIANA, personally came and appeared:


A resident of legal age at East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, who being known to me personally and who being first duly sworn did depose and say:

My name is HENRY BURNELL CLARK. I am twenty-nine years of age and reside near Clinton, La., with Mrs. Ruth Kilbourne, a relative, between Clinton, La., and Jackson, La.

I have been employed at STEWART & CARROLL GENERAL MERCHANDISE STORE in Clinton for the past fifteen years. In formal school I finished six weeks into the ninth grade. I have never been arrested and I am a member of the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church.

In the summer of 1963, after a period of civil rights demonstration and picketting [sic] had ending [sic], and during the attempted registration of Negro voters, I stepped out on the sidewalk in front of the Stewart & Carroll Store, where I worked, shortly before the noon hour, and saw, coming from the direction of the bank east of the store, and walking in a westerly direction toward me, a tall man in a dark business suit, who was wearing a shirt and tie, but no hat. He approached, facing me, to a distance of about ten or twelve feet from me, and stepped off into the street and entered a black automobile which had been parked at the curb, facing northeasterly, toward the court house. He backed the car into the main street, made a U-turn, and proceeded in an easterly direction down the street past the bank.

From photographs shown me this date, I recognize the photograph labelled [sic] NEW ORLEANS, LA. # 125 388 dated 3 1 37 which I herewith before this notary, mark and sign with my normal signature as being identical to the features of the man whom I saw cross the street from [text missing].

I especially noticed this particular individual, with the New Orleans plate # 125 388 on his chest in the phtograph [sic] I have identified, because at the time he reminded me of a movie actor I remembered seeing on the screen, and because he was unusually tall, standing well over six feet.

During this same period of time in the summer of 1963, after the conclusion of the picketting [sic] demonstrations and during the attempted voting registration of the Negroes, I stepped out in front of the Stewart & Carroll Store and saw a man whom I noticed particularly because of his unusual hair.

It was bushy and stood up all directions o n [sic] his head like he had been out on a drunk all night. He walked up to the pay telephone on the street and stood there for a short while. I do not know whether he made a telephone call or not. From pictures shown me at this date, I can state this man who went to the telephone booth was the man wearing over his chest the label NEW ORLEANS, LA. 1-7062 with the numbers under it reading 2 16 62 or it was his twin brother. I have marked with my signature the aforenumbered [sic] photograph as that of the man who walked past me in Clinton and stood by the public telephone that day.

Thus signed and executed of the own free will and volition and after a due reading of the whole by appearer on the date and place aforesaid:

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Sworn to and subscribed before me, notary on the 12th day of September, 1967 at Clinton, Louisiana.

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Notary Public

East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana

My Commission expires at death.

Clark was not called to testify. When Hugh Aynesworth approached him in 1969 for an interview about his statement, Clark would only say, "Go 'way, man. I don't know what you're talkin' about" (James Kirkwood, American Grotesque, 222).