Rayfield Davis

Location(s): Mobile, Alabama

Decade: 1940s

On March 7, 1948, Rayfield Davis, a 53 year old janitor at Brookley Air Force Base in Mobile, Alabama, was beaten to death by Horace M. Miller, a 20 year old mechanic who also worked at the base. Miller turned himself in for the murder two days later. Accompanied by his defense attorney, Miller provided Mobile police with an oral and written confession to the murder. Miller was subsequently charged with murder and released on bail. A grand jury failed to indict Miller.

The collection includes: news articles; CRRJ Memo to Councilman Richardson; Rayfield Davis’s death certificate; and CRRJ student Chelsea Schmitz’s essay, “The 1948 Murder of Rayfield Davis: a Legal History.”

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