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 Mobile, Alabama. The State Solicitor, Carl M. Booth, took the officer’s word that he shot in self-defense. No legal action occurred.

The collection includes: CRRJ student’s essay: “The Ones Left Behind—The Homicide of Prentiss McCann and NAACP Strategy in Post-War Mobile”, FBI Report, news articles, NAACP file, a photo of Prentiss McCann and his death certificate.

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