Quinzy Hill

Location: Coleman, Texas

Age: 40

Year: 1940

Quinzy Hill, 40, was a farmer who was killed by C.W. Davis in Coleman, Texas, in 1940.

Davis, Hill’s employer, was angered when Hill’s friends, who had driven over to Hill’s home to celebrate Juneteenth, got their car stuck in the road, blocking access to Davis’ house.

Hill, unhappy with the way his employer had treated his guests, confronted Davis.

Davis claimed he shot Hill because he felt threatened.

For more information, search CRRJ’s archive.

Read more about Hill’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.

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