Killing of Edward Simms in Mississippi in 1943
Edward Simms (1924 - 1943), died in police custody in Lowndes County, Mississippi. Simms was one of several Black people arrested by Sheriff William Jacob Probst on suspicion of having burglarized James McCrary Jr.’s store. Simms was taken to the county prison camp and turned over to McCrary and his associates, who severely beat him in an effort to elicit confessions. Simms was paralyzed from the neck down and died from the injuries. Grand jury indicted. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.
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- News article from the Commercial Dispatch about the death of William Propst, former mayor of Columbus : February 26, 1967
- Journalism: 2022-03702-SIMS Edward (1408484237)
- News article from the Dispatch about Propst Park in Columbus, Mississippi : February 8, 2022
- News article from the Biloxi Daily Herald about the indictment of men accused of denying Black prisoners their civil rights : March 23, 1944
- News article from the Commercial Dispatch about former sheriff of Lowndes County : 1947
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