Hattie DeBardelaben

Location(s): Autauga County, Alabama

Decade: 1940s

On March 23, 1945, 46 year old Harriet “Hattie” DeBardelaben, was beaten to death by three federal officers from the U.S. Department of Revenue and an Autauga deputy officer, Clyde White during a warrantless search of her home in Autuaga, Alabama. The officers arrested DeBardelaben and her son Edward. On the way to the Prattville County jail, Debardelaben died from her injuries. No state or federal charges were ever brought against the officers.

The collection includes: CRRJ case summary, NAACP files, newspaper articles, letter to Honorable Thurgood Marshall, correspondence with Governor Sparks, and legal documents.

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