Killing of Charlie Hughes in Mississippi in 1948


Case summary

Charlie Hughes, 69, a farmer, was killed in 1948 by a group of men in Scott County, Mississippi. Hughes had accompanied one of his sons to a local store to pay off a debt. The debt collector told them they were short $2.50. He then insisted that Hughes’ son follow him immediately to work off the debt by working on his farm to pay it off. When the son said he could not do so, the debt collector and other men assaulted the young man. His father, Charlie Hughes, sought to intervene. He was shot by the debt collector and his body dragged to the side of the store. Another son found his father there and took him to the hospital where he died. It is unknown whether there was any legal process against the assailants.


Date of incident: 1948-11-11
Location: Hillsboro, Scott County, Mississippi
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: dispute over debt

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