Killing of Wesley Johnson in Alabama in 1937
Wesley Johnson, a 19-year-old farm hand, was killed in 1937 by a mob in Henry County, Alabama. Johnson was charged with assaulting a white woman, taken from the Henry County jail, hung from a tree and shot by a mob. Sheriff J.L. Corbitt was charged with failing to protect Johnson. Apparently grand jury declined to indict. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.
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