Killing of Jimmie Wade in Tennessee in 1947


Case summary

Jimmie Wade (1908 - 1947), a laborer, was killed by City Marshal Jim T. Scott, Deputy Marshal Joe Oscar Hill, Mr. Strickland, a grocery store owner, and an unknown man in Tipton County, Tennessee. Newspaper accounts at the time reported that Wade was shot by Scott for writing letters to a white woman, a grocer’s wife. More recently, in 2016, Laban Carrick Hill, Joe Oscar Hill’s grandson, asserted that Wade was picked up in a car by four men who shot and killed him. Family members claimed that Wade complained to the grocer that he had sold him bad meat; this complaint, they assert, is what led to Wade’s death. An essay on this case, researched and authored by a CRRJ student, is available on request.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: police

Date of incident: 1947-06-29
Location: Covington, Tipton County, Tennessee
Location type: public space - urban
Allegation against victim: writing notes to a white woman

Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: yes

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