Killing of L. R. Boaz in Alabama in 1931


Case summary

Professor Lonnie Roy “LR” Boaz , thirty-two years old, a football coach and instructor in tailoring at Alabama A&M college, was killed in 1931 in Birmingham, Alabama. According to some accounts, a white truck driver for the Woods Chevrolet Co. accidentally hit the Boaz vehicle, whose other passenger was head coach at A& M, one B.C. Green. While the two parties were discussing the matter on the road and seeking to settle it, a third car with five white men pulled up. After listening to the settlement negotiations, one of the men said words to the effect that “this is a white man country, you can’t talk to a white man like that.” Another man struck Boaz on the jaw and the others beat him until he became unconscious. Also beaten was Green. Hillman Hospital refused to admit Boaz. He succumbed to his injuries.


Date of incident: 1931-11-07
Location: Birmingham, Jefferson County, Alabama
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: being involved in a car accident

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