Lillie Belle Allen and Henry Schaad


Lillie Belle Allen, 27 years old, was visiting Pennsylvania from South Carolina. She was killed during a period of unrest in York in the summer of 1969. There were no arrests at the time.

Legal Status

After a fresh investigation, in 2002 two men, Robert Messersmith and Gregory Neff were convicted of killing Allen. Seven other men pled guilty to lesser charges; former York Mayor Charles Robertson was acquitted.

In 2005, the children and sisters of Lillie Belle Allen obtained a settlement of their civil suit against York and several police officers. The settlement called for a memorial to Allen and to Henry Schaad, a white city policeman who was also shot to death at the time of the disturbances.