George Washington Singleton, Jr.


During the early morning hours of April 30, 1957, Dr. George Washington Singleton, Jr., a physician, was killed in an explosion and fire in his second-story office suite in Shelby, North Carolina.  Singleton’s death was investigated locally in 1957 by the Shelby Police Department and the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (SBI).  The local and Southeastern Regional offices of the NAACP also conducted an independent inquiry into Singleton’s death.  Neither investigation revealed any evidence of a civil rights violation.

Incident Date: 
Tuesday, April 30, 1957
Case Name: 
George Washington Singleton, Jr.
Industry Code: 
Civil Rights Division
Updated October 6, 2016