Killing of Elwood Higginbotham in Mississippi in 1935


Case summary

Elwood Higginbotham, age 29, a sharecropper and union leader, was killed in 1935 by a lynch mob in Oxford, Lafayette County, Mississippi. Higginbotham was on trial for the murder of Glenn Roberts, a white planter. As the jury deliberated on whether Higginbotham should be acquitted on the grounds of self-defense, the mob seized him from jail, hung him, and shot him multiple times. There were no arrests. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


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Perpetrator group type: mob

Date of incident: 1935-09-18
Location: Oxford, Lafayette County, Mississippi
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: murdering a white man

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