William J Royce was inspired to write this story based on the Medgar Evers story. This episode was written three years before the case was re-opened and Beckwith was finally tried for this murder, and five years before Rob Reiner's "Ghosts of the Mississippi."
William J Royce also wrote the music and lyrics to the song, "Sweet, Sweet, Blues" performed by Bobby Short in this episode
Guest star James Best won Florida's Crystal Reel Award for his performance on this episode.The actor is best known for his role as Sheriff Rosco on the Dukes of Hazzard.
Thatseason In the Heat of the Night won its first NAACP IMAGE AWARD for Best Dramatic Series.