Killing of Alfred Young in Mississippi in 1935


Case summary

Alfred Young, 35, a tenant farmer, was killed by a mob in 1935 in Marshall County, Mississippi. Young was seized by about 50 men in Tennessee, transported to Mississippi, and hung to a tree in a school yard. Young was sought by the mob in connection with the shooting death of Hardy Mackie. Accounts vary as to who Mackie was. One account stated Mackie was a white state highway worker. Another account stated that Mackie was an agent of a landlord who had threatened Young. Reputed to be an organizer, Young had urged sharecroppers to demand that their white plantation owners pay fair wages in accordance with the Agricultural Adjustment Act of 1933. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals: [ ]
Perpetrator group type: mob

Date of incident: 1935-03-12
Location: Slayden, Marshall County, Mississippi
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: committing murder

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

Criminal process
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Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
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