Killing of Corinne Dial in Alabama in 1930


Case summary

Corrine Dial, age 35, was killed in 1930 by a white mob near the Mississippi / Alabama border. An incident involving a white man named Clarence Boyd and the Robinson family of Emelle, Alabama, exploded into the Emelle Massacre of July 4th and 5th, 1930, in which hundreds of whites from Mississippi and Alabama went on a spree terrorizing Black residents in their homes and cars. Dial was in a car with her husband and three others when a mob opened fire, killing her. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals: [ ]
Perpetrator group type: posse, mob

Date of incident: 1930-07-05
Location: Emelle, Sumter County, Alabama
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: failing or refusing to stop at a roadblock

Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

Criminal process
Arrest: [ ]
Charge/indictment/information: no
Grand jury: yes
Trial: [ ]
Conviction: [ ]
Sentence: [ ]

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