The State vs. the Dead Body of Henry

to protect himself, picked up a hoe & struck him twice with the hoe on the left side of the head

Date: 
July 8, 1856

Deceased

Description: 
slave
Sex: 
Male
Cause of Death: 
Homicide
Cause of Death Method: 
blunt instrument
Inquest Finding: 

upon their oaths do say that the said Slave Henry was killed by Jr.[?] a slave of the said Wm M. Hawkins … with a hoe held by the said slave Jr.[?] [?] in self defense

Slave Status: 
Slave
Owner: 
William M. Hawkins

Coroner

Coroner: 
Coroner Title: 
coroner

Location

Inquest Location: 
at the house of Wm M. Hawkins

Source

South Carolina Department of Archives & History
Columbia, SC

Perpetrator

Perpetrator: 
Jo
Perpetrator Description: 
slave
Perpetrator Slave Status: 
Slave
Perpetrator Owner: 
Keywords: 
slave-slave violence, children
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