Mystery of 1963 Knoxville civil rights protest photo solved?

Mystery of 1963 Knoxville civil rights protest photo solved?

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Staff say a tip has led them to a woman named Maria Wooding who was from Birmingham, Alabama. Staff say a tip has led them to a woman named Maria Wooding who was from Birmingham, Alabama.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The staff of the Beck Cultural Exchange Center in Knoxville believes a decades old mystery has been solved.

Workers say they have a lead on the identity of the woman in a 1963 photo of a civil rights protest. The woman is seen being carried out of the Tennessee Theater by an African American police officer.

The officer is seen gently carrying her out, as if to not hurt her.

Staff say a tip has led them to a woman named Maria Wooding who was from Birmingham, Alabama.

They believe she was a Knoxville College cheerleader at the time the photo was taken.

Now they have to figure out where she is today, and need a little help.

"We don't have the 1963 Knoxville College yearbook," said Beck Cultural Center's Avon Rollins, Sr. "We don't have the year to find someone in that class who might know of her, if she's in Birmingham. I'm sure she's probably married and a grandmom by now. So we just have to find out where she is."

If you or someone you know attended Knoxville College in 1963 or have the 1963 Knoxville College yearbook, call the Beck Cultural Exchange Center at (865) 524-8461.

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