Jessie Hightower

Location(s): Union Springs, Alabama Decade: 1940s On December 1, 1945, Officer Dewey Bradley shot and killed Jessie Hightower, an African-American resident of Union Springs, Alabama. Three days after the Hightower shooting, Bradley was…

Elwood Higginbotham

Location(s): Oxford, Mississippi Decade: 1930s On September 29, 1935, 29-year-old, Elwood Higginbotham, who was being held in jail for an undisclosed crime, was seized by a mob, in broad daylight and hung in…

O’Dee Henderson

Location(s): Fairfield, Alabama Decade: 1940s On May 9, 1940, O’Dee Henderson, an employee of the Tennessee Coal and Iron Railroad company (TCI), was killed in Fairfield, Alabama. He allegedly bumped into TCI employee…

Madison Harris

Location(s): Atlanta, Georgia Decade: 1940s On April 10, 1946, 22 year-old veteran Madison Harris was shot by T.H. Purl, a motorman on a Hunter Street car in Atlanta, Georgia. Purl was charged with…

A.T. Harden, Dan Pippen Jr., and Elmore Clark

Location(s): Tuscaloosa, Alabama Decade: 1930s In the summer of 1933, three young black men–A.T. Harden (age 15), Dan Pippen Jr., (age 18) and Elmore Clark (age 28) of Tuscaloosa were accused and arrested…

Felix Hall

Location(s): Fort Benning, Georgia Decade: 1940s On March 29, 1941, Private Felix Hall was found dead hanging from a tree on a segregated military base in Fort Benning, Georgia. The government claimed that…

Walter Gunn

Location(s): Tuskegee, Alabama Decade: 1940s On June 28, 1942, Walter Gunn was killed by Sheriff Edwin E. Evans and Deputy Sheriff Henry F. Faucett in Tuskegee, Macon County, Alabama. The Department of Justice…

Edward Green

Location(s): Montgomery County, Alabama Decade: 1940s On September 13, 1943, Reverend Edward Green from Middlebrook was killed in Montgomery County because he refused to pick cotton. No legal action was taken. The collection…

Norris Dendy

Location(s): Clinton, South Carolina Decade: 1930s On July 4, 1933, 33 year-old Norris Dendy, was killed by a white mob in Clinton, South Carolina. In 1934, a state grand jury declined to indict…

Hattie DeBardelaben

Location(s): Autauga County, Alabama Decade: 1940s On March 23, 1945, 46 year old Harriet “Hattie” DeBardelaben, was beaten to death by three federal officers from the U.S. Department of Revenue and an Autauga…

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…

William M. Daniel

Location(s): Westfield, Alabama Decade: 1940s On December 21, 1946, William (“Willie”) M. Daniel, 21 years old and a coal miner for the Tennessee Coal and Iron Company, was shot by Deputy John W.…

Stafford Dames

Location(s): Miami, Florida Decade: 1930s On July 7, 1937, Stafford Dames, 19 years old, was shot to death by police officers in Miami. Dames, unarmed, was suspected of breaking into a church and…

Isaac Crawford

Location(s): Richmond County, Georgia Decade: 1940s On June 5, 1948, Isaac Crawford died in Augusta City, Richmond County, GA. On May 21, Crawford had been beaten by David L. Turner, a warden at…

Austin Callaway

Location(s): LaGrange, Georgia Decade: 1940s On September 8, 1940, 16 year old Austin Callaway was captured from jail and killed by a white mob in LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia. No legal action was…

Woodrow Allen Bush

Location(s): Anniston, Alabama Decade: 1930s On August 23, 1936, 21-year-old Woodrow Allen Bush was killed by Ozie Hicks in Anniston, Alabama. Hicks was acquitted at trial by an all-white jury. A descendant of…

Niece Brown

Location(s): Selma, Alabama Decade: 1940s On June 10, 1945, Niece Brown, 74 years old, was beaten with a beer bottle inside of her Summerfield home by a white, drunken, off-duty Selma police officer,…

Jack R. Bloodworth

Location(s): Birmingham, Alabama Decade: 1940s In August 1942 Jack Bloodworth, a coal miner at the Docena Mine near Birmingham, AL, was shot to death by a company employee after Bloodworth claimed he had…

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