Killing of Arthur Williams in Mississippi in 1939


Case summary

Arthur Williams (1908-1939), a farmer, was killed by Herbert Holmes in Tylertown, Walthall County, Mississippi. According to the NAACP, Williams was talking with other Black friends when Holmes approached and shot him for no apparent reason. Williams tried to flee, but Holmes forced the others to drag him back. Holmes then hogtied Williams, put him in his car, and drove away. Holmes then shot Williams again and dumped his body on the sheriff’s front lawn. There were no arrests.


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Date of incident: 1939-08-30
Location: Tylertown, Walthall County, Mississippi
Location type: private space - agricultural or industrial
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