Death for a Dollar Ninety-Five

Jimmie Wilson was Sentenced to death in 1957 for Stealing $1.95

Dale M. Brumfield
Sep 13 · 7 min read
Jimmie Wilson being escorted from the Perry County Courthouse, 1957

N THE 1950s, Montgomery, Alabama was the most strictly segregated city in America.

While the city’s population had risen by almost 50% after World War II, and the overwhelming majority of the new migrants were white, Montgomery remained 37% Black. Only 3.7% of those Blacks…