Killing of Henry Gray in Texas in 1945


Case summary

Henry Gray, 86, a farmer, was killed in 1945 Kaufman County, Texas. Henry Gray’s grandson, John L. Gray, wrote to the NAACP in 1947 stating that his grandfather had been lynched after having an argument with a white man. He explained that his grandfather had argued with a white man over the division of one hundred chickens that Henry Gray had raised on the oral agreement that the chicken would be divided when they were ready for market. John Gray listed Henry Gray’s age at death as eighty-six years old. However, Henry Gray’s death certificate stated that he was in his 60s when he died. The date of death on the death certificate is December 19, 1945. The manner of death was described on the death certificate as “by hanging self.”


Date of incident: 1945-12-19
Location: Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas
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Allegation against victim: dispute over the division of chickens

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Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

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