Timothy Hood

Photo of Timothy Hood. Courtesy of the archive.
Photo of Timothy Hood. Courtesy of the Archive.

Location: Jefferson County, Alabama

Age: 23

Year: 1946

Timothy Hood, 23, was a WWII veteran who was killed by Police Chief G. B. Fant in Bessemer, Jefferson County Alabama.

Hood was accused of removing the sign segregating Black passengers and white passengers on a streetcar traveling from Bessemer to Birmingham.

W. R. Week, the streetcar driver, shot Hood as he exited the vehicle.

Officer Fant, who lived in the area, came upon the scene, put Hood in the back seat of his cruiser and shot him in the head, killing him.

A state coroner returned a finding of justifiable homicide. 

For more information, search CRRJ’s archive.

Read more about Hood’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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