Herbert Lee

Overview: 

On September 25, 1961, Herbert Lee, an African-American farmer, was shot and killed at Westbrook’s Cotton Gin in Liberty, Mississippi, by the subject, Eugene Hurst, a Mississippi state representative.  Hurst stated that he and the victim argued over an outstanding debt and that the victim swung a tire iron at him.  Hurst responded by striking the victim in the head with a .38 caliber revolver, causing it to fire and kill the victim.

Incident Date: 
Monday, September 25, 1961
Case Name: 
Herbert Lee
Topic: 
FOIA
Industry Code: 
None
Component: 
Civil Rights Division
Updated October 6, 2016