Killing of Aaron Williams in Mississippi in 1932


Case summary

Aaron Williams (1879-1932), a railroad fireman, was killed, likely by a gang of white men calling themselves the Mystic Order of United Workers in Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi. The “Mystic Order” was engaged in a violent campaign to drive Black men from their jobs working for the Illinois Central and Yazoo & Mississippi railroads. Williams was one of those shot and killed.


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Date of incident: 1932-03-19
Location: Vicksburg, Warren County, Mississippi
Location type: victim's workplace
Allegation against victim: holding jobs white men wanted

Coroner process
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Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

Criminal process
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Charge/indictment/information: [ ]
Grand jury: yes
Trial: yes
Conviction: yes
Sentence: a term in the state pen

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