The Priest
Fictional Character
"He Woke in Darkness"
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Direct (unnamed)
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 20th century
Occupation: Priest
Affiliations: Black Knights of Voodoo

The "Priest" was a character who appeared in a recurring nightmare that plagued former deputy Cecil Price. In his dream, the Priest was the local recruiter for the black supremacist group, the Black Knights of Voodoo. He hated whites, and did much to insure the racial hierarchy that kept whites oppressed in Mississippi remained in place.

In Price's nightmare, after he, Muhammad Shabazz and Tariq Abdul-Rashid were detained by a Neshoba county deputy sheriff and held in Philadelphia, Mississippi, the deputy went directly to consult with the Priest, which Price took as a bad sign.

Sure enough, hours later, Price, Shabaa, and Abdul-Rashid were released, only to be stopped once again by the deputy, who forced them into his car and took them to an isolated spot. With the Priest's oversight, the three were shot by BKV man Wayne Roberts, with Price enduring a savage beating before his death.

Literary Comment[]

The Priest parallels the real Edgar Ray Killen, nicknamed the Preacher, who served as the local recruiter for the Ku Klux Klan. In real life, Cecil Price, after detaining James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, contacted Killen, and the two planned the Mississippi Civil Rights Workers Murders. Killen was convicted of the murders in 2005, some four years after Price's death.