Killing of Johnnie Parker in Arkansas in 1931


Case summary

Johnnie Parker, 26, a cook, was killed in 1931 by O. C. Lumsden, a white farmer, and John Brooks, a Black man employed by Lumsden, in DeWitt County, Arkansas. Parker had been charged with killing a Black youth named Bernice Flourney and wounding three others. While sheriff Henry Cummins was transporting Parker to a court hearing, Lumsden and Brooks seized Parker from the sheriff, and Brooks shot him. Brooks was charged with murder and Lumsden as an accessory.


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Date of incident: 1931-08-07
Location: De Witt, Arkansas County, Arkansas
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: killing a Black man and wounding three others

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