Isadore Banks

Location(s): Crittenden County, Arkansas

Decade: 1950s

On June 4, 1954, 59 year old Isadore Banks, a prominent member of the community in Crittenden County, Arkansas disappeared. His body was found four days later just outside of the town of Marion. Banks’ body, which had been burned from the knees up, was tied to a tree. A coroner investigated but no one was ever charged with the murder.

The collection includes: a reward poster; CRRJ student Jared Mirad’s essay, “Racial Disparities in the Political History of Crittenden County, Arkansas;” Encyclopedia entry by CRRJ students N. Tasmin Din and Brian Hilburn, “Isadore Banks (Murder of)” for The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture.

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