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Before he was Santa, LaFain Freeman was a first-hand witness to Alabama’s tumultuous ’60s

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Before he was Santa, LaFain Freeman was a first-hand witness to Alabama’s tumultuous ’60s

Let’s ask Santa Claus how old he is.

“I’m older than dirt,” he says, which is neither self-deprecating nor a pejorative. “As Santa Claus, I’m 1,784 (years old), born in 235 A.D. in a small town called Myra in east Asia. It’s now in Turkey and the town is called Demre. Now that’s as Santa.”

Santa LaFain

LaFain Freeman as Santa

LaFain Freeman

LaFain Freeman, second from right, was part of the security detail for George and Lurleen Wallace.

Santa LaFain

Santa LaFain reacts as he gets a kiss from 6yr old Kinsleigh Gross during an in home visit. Photo by Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star

LaFain Freeman

As a state trooper in the 1960s, LaFain Freeman was at the second, peaceful march in Selma and made the cover of Life magazine.

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LaFain Freeman gets ready to change his persona from the man to Santa LaFain. LaFain was once an Alabama Highway Patrolman (State Trooper) that stood in the schools house door with George Wallace. Photo by Stephen Gross / The Anniston Star

Phillip Tutor — ptutor@annistonstar.com — is a Star columnist. Follow him at Twitter.com/PTutor_Star.

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