Killing of Bruce Tisdale in South Carolina in 1941


Case summary

Bruce Tisdale, age 29, a lumber mill worker, was killed in 1941 in Andrews, Georgetown County, South Carolina. Tisdale and a co-worker were new hires at the mill. Five white men who had been fired—Luther Morris, Carl Eagerton, John Crib, Earl Barnes, and Lonnie Fulton—attacked them for “taking” their jobs, killing Tisdale. The five were charged in connection with the killing. Trial jury convicted two of manslaughter.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals:
Perpetrator group type: [ ]

Date of incident: 1941-02-08
Location: Andrews, Williamsburg County, South Carolina
Location type: unknown - rural
Allegation against victim: working on a job from which whites had been discharged; having an altercation with whites

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

Criminal process
Arrest: [ ]
Charge/indictment/information: yes
Grand jury: [ ]
Trial: yes
Conviction: yes
Sentence: 7 years

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