Eugene Burt

Location(s): Birmingham, Alabama Year: 1950 On Wednesday, February 8th, 1950, Officer J.A. Hale shot and killed Eugene H. Burt at Burt’s home in Birmingham, Alabama. Burt was forty-six years old and worked as…

Theris Rudolph Wood

Location(s): Birmingham, Alabama Year: 1948 On Friday, December 10, 1948, Birmingham police officers J.A. Hale, H.W. Brewer, and J.M. Lawson shot and killed Theris Rudolph Wood. Wood was nineteen years old and lived…

John Johnson

Location(s): Birmingham, Alabama Year: 1948 On Monday, March 29, 1948, Birmingham police officers J.A. Hale and C.A. Vildibill shot and killed John Johnson. Johnson was forty-two years old and a father of nine…

Knox Fail

Location(s): Birmingham, Alabama Year: 1943 On the afternoon of Tuesday, December 28, 1943, Knox Fail was killed by Birmingham police officers J.A. Hale and H.P. Williams during a shootout in downtown Birmingham. Fail…

Harrison Lee

Location(s): Birmingham, Alabama Year: 1946 On Monday, August 5, 1946, Officers F.R. Brockman and J.A. Hale shot and killed Harrison Lee outside Lee’s barbershop in Birmingham, Alabama. Lee was thirty-nine years old and…

Killings by Officer James Albert Hale, Jr.

Location: Birmingham, Alabama Year: 1943 – 1950 Officer James Albert Hale, Jr. was involved in the deaths of five African American men in the span of less than eight years, from 1943-1950. In two…

O’Dee Henderson

Location(s): Fairfield, Alabama Year: 1940 O’Dee Henderson, a twenty-five-year-old employee of the Tennessee Coal and Iron Railroad Company (TCI), was shot and killed by police officers in Fairfield, AL on May 9, 1940.…

Reverend Captain Leonard Butler

Location(s): Edgewater, Alabama Year: 1948 Reverend Captain Leonard Butler, a Black Belt native, was a miner at Edgewater Mine, which was owned and operated by the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company (TCI).…

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