Washington Adams

Background

On June 6, 1938, a local physician in Lowndes County found Washington Adams in a moribund condition at his home. He moaned that he was “choking to death,” and told those gathered around him that he had been beaten for three hours by one “Mr. Thomas.” Adams also stated he was dragged through the streets behind an automobile. Adams apparently had worked for “Mr. Thomas” for ten years. He died shortly thereafter.

Legal Status

A search of Lowndes County records revealed no evidence of legal process in connection with this death. The treating physician, Dr. James Lipscomb, recorded his medical findings and Adams’ death-bed statements about what happened to him.