Future chief justice pops up in integration photo

We have gotten great feedback on Sam Venable’s stories about Charles Moulden, who integrated Knoxville Interscholastic League football then, a few years later, was shot by a racist, who was acquitted in a gross miscarriage of justice that the media ignored.

Charles Moulden, 22, joins in Sevier County High School victory celebration in 1963.

Charles Moulden, No. 22, joins in Sevier County High School victory celebration in 1963.

In researching the story, Venable discovered he actually was on the football field with Moulden when Venable’s Young High School was beaten by Moulden’s Sevier County High School in a memorable game in 1963. A celebratory picture of Sevier County’s team ran on our front page today, featuring Moulden, No. 22.

What we did not realize until later was that directly  behind Moulden was No. 50, a kid named Gary Wade, who today sits as chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court. He sent Venable an email today praising the series and reflecting on the old days.