Killing of Ralph Gray in Alabama in 1931


Case summary

Ralph Gray (1881 - 1931), a member of the sharecropper’s union and himself a sharecropper, was killed by Sheriff Kyle Young, Deputy Sheriff A. J. Thompson and a posse in Tallapoosa County, Alabama. Police officers went to break up a sharecroppers union’s meeting where Gray was on picket duty. A gun battle ensued, the sheriff shot, and Gray left on the road. He was taken home and in his bed when a posse broke into his house and shot him to death. A number of Black men were criminally charged with assault with intent to murder in connection with these events. No whites were charged.


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

Date of incident: 1931-07-16
Location: Camp Hill, Tallapoosa County, Alabama
Location type: unknown - rural
Allegation against victim: shooting and wounding police officers who raided an International Labor Defense meeting

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

Criminal process
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