Alphonso Harris

Overview: 

According to a December 1, 1966, Albany Herald newspaper article, at about 1:25 a.m. on that date, Alphonso Harris, a 36-year-old African-American member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SPLC), was shot and killed while grappling over a pistol held by XXXX, an African-American XXXXXXXXXX, outside the Les Ames Club in Albany, Georgia.  According to the article, the incident began when a man named XXXX bumped into XXXX’s girlfriend inside the club and they began to argue.  Sometime during the argument, XXXX exited the club, and retrieved a pistol from his car. XXXX then approached the table where the victim was sitting with XXXXXXXXXXXXXX and told them that he thought he was about to be shot.  The victim and the three other men exited the club with XXXX and ran into XXXX, who was returning to the club, armed with a pistol.

Incident Date: 
Thursday, December 1, 1966
Case Name: 
Alphonso Harris
Topic: 
FOIA
Industry Code: 
None
Component: 
Civil Rights Division
Updated October 6, 2016