Killing of Elijah Johnson in Mississippi in 1931


Case summary

Elijah Johnson, age 21, a farmer, was killed in 1931 by a lynch mob in Redbone, Warren County, Mississippi. Johnson was accused of attempting to attack a white woman. He was publicly hanged and shot multiple times. Coroner concluded that he died “by violence at the hands of unknown persons.”


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

Date of incident: 1931-03-29
Location: Warren County, Mississippi
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: attacking a white woman

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

Criminal process
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