Harrison Lee

Location: Birmingham, Alabama

Age: 39

Year: 1946

Harrison Lee, 39, was a barber who was killed by police officer F.R. Brockman in Birmingham, Alabama.

Brockman and officer J.A. Hale entered Lee’s barbershop to investigate the prior shooting of a Black man named John Green.

Green alleged that Lee had shot him during an earlier altercation.

Brockman shot and killed Lee because the officer alleged that Lee had shot and wounded Hale.

Lee is one of 6 men killed by Officer J.A. Hale.

For more information, search CRRJ’s archive.

Read more about Lee’s death on the Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive

About the Archive

The Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive houses case files and documents for more than 1,000 cases of racial homicides in the Jim Crow South. Co-founded by Melissa Nobles, professor of political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Margaret Burnham, CRRJ director and professor of law at Northeastern, these uncovered stories highlight how violence affected lives, defined legal rights and shaped politics between 1930 and 1954.

Documents relating to Lee's death

Death Certificate of Harrison Lee, Alabama Center for Health Statistics, filed August 8, 1946.

For newspaper reports, advocacy group documents and more, search our archive.
Burnham-Nobles Digital Archive

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