Killing of Wash Palmore in Alabama in 1943


Case summary

Wash Palmore (1919 – 1943), a laborer, died in Houston County, Alabama, several months after being acquitted for the murder of a white auto dealer, Curtis Warren. His body was found near the railroad tracks. A coroner ruled his death an accident. However, the NAACP suspected foul play in Palmore's death. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


Date of incident: 1943-11-04
Location: Gordon, Houston County, Alabama
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: killing a white man

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Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

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