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The Blinding Of Isaac Woodard, Jr.

On February 12, 1946, hours after being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, African American World War II veteran Isaac Woodard, Jr. was wrongfully arrested and beaten by Batesburg (SC) Chief of Police Linwood Shull during a night in jail. Suffering from blindness and amnesia from the beatings, Sergeant Woodard appeared before a local judge the next morning who fined him fifty dollars. Almost nine months later, in November, a jury in federal court in Columbia found Shull not guilty of all charges.

Subject

African Americans

Creator

Records of District Courts of the United States,
Record Group 21

Source

Columbia Criminal Case Files, 1915-1953

Date

February 1946

Rights

National Archives at Atlanta

Format

Textual Document, 5 pages

Identifier

National Archives Identifier 1076577

Coverage

Columbia (S.C.)

Original Format

Paper
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