Harrison Lee

Location(s): Birmingham, Alabama Year: 1946 On Monday, August 5, 1946, Officers F.R. Brockman and J.A. Hale shot and killed Harrison Lee outside Lee’s barbershop in Birmingham, Alabama. Lee was thirty-nine years old and…

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Tom Patterson, DOJ File 144-1-121

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Malcolm Wright

Location(s): Chicksaw County, Mississippi Decade: 1940s On On July 2, 1949, Malcolm Wright, 48 years old, was beaten to death by James Moore, Eunice Gore, and James “Red” Kellum in front of his…

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Elbert Williams

Location(s): Brownsville, Tennessee Decade: 1940s On June 23, 1940, the beaten, bruised, and shot body of Elbert Williams, a member of the Brownsville Chapter of the NAACP, was found drowned in the Hatchie…

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Booker Spicely

Location(s): Durham, North Carolina Decade: 1940s On July 8, 1944 Pvt. Booker T. Spicely boarded a west bound Duke Power Company bus at the corner of Fayetteville and Pettigrew Street in Durham, North…

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Lent Shaw

Location(s): Royston, Georgia Decade: 1930s On April 10, 1936, a mob removed, 45 year old farmer Lent Shaw, from jail just hours before his trial, and hung him in Royston, Madison County, Georgia.…

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Prentiss McCann

Location(s): Mobile, Alabama Decade: 1940s On July 8, 1945, 25-year-old Prentiss McCann, Army veteran and father of three, was shot twice and killed by police officer Melvin Porter at the Midway Club in…

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Tom Jones Jr.

Location(s): Woodville, Mississippi Decade: 1940s On September 8, 1945, Tom Jones Jr., 24 years old, was shot and killed by David McDonald, a Woodville night officer, at a Greyhound bus stop in Woodville,…

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Ellis Hutson Sr.

Location(s): Nacogdoches, Texas Decade: 1940s On March 13, 1948, Ellis Hutson Sr. was shot and killed by Constable Travis Helpenstill at the Nacogdoches County Courthouse in Nacogdoches, Texas. On May 28, 1948, Helpenstill…

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Henry “Peg” Gilbert

Location(s): Troup County, Georgia Decade: 1940s On May 23, 1947, Henry “Peg” Gilbert was beaten and shot to death, reportedly by police Chief Buchanan, inside the Harris County Jail in Hamilton, Georgia. Gilbert…

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Willie Lee Davis

Location(s): Summit, Georgia Decade: 1940s On July 3, 1943, Willie Davis, 26 years old, was shot and killed by Chief of Police James Mitchell Bohannon at a roadhouse on the outskirts of Summit,…

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Hosea “Shant” Carter

Location(s): Marion County, Mississippi Decade: 1940s On May 2, 1948, Hosea Carter, 32 years old, was shot to death by a group of men in Marion County. William Ratliff Prisk was arrested and…

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