The Emancipation Proclamation freed only the slaves in disloyal states. While this immediately freed 20,000 or so, it left thousands more in bondage within the border states of Maryland, Delaware, Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky.
Despite efforts by the Federal government to recruit black men into the army during the summer
For the past week, we've been looking at the 1898 lynching of Frazier Baker, the black postmaster of Lake City, South Carolina. We've discussed the lynching itself, the investigation, and trial. Today, we'll explore the results of the trial as well as the fate of the town of Lake City,
Over the past two posts, we learned about the 1898 Lynching of South Carolina Postmaster Frazier Baker and his infant daughter Julia. We learned of the investigation and arrests of over a dozen accused in setting the post office ablaze and shooting nearly every member of the Baker family.
In our previous post, we learned about the 1898 lynching of black Postmaster Frazier B. Baker and his infant daughter, Julia, in Lake City, South Carolina.
Baker was killed by a mob of citizens who had determined that no negro should be permitted to act as their postmaster.
On the night of February 21, 1898, a mob set fire to the post office and home of the Baker family. Frazier Baker, the father, as well as his infant daughter, Julia, were killed and burned. His wife and several of their children were shot and wounded.
Many in the
Shortly after midnight on the morning of Sunday, February 16, 1902, black minstrel performer Louis Wright was lynched by hanging in New Madrid, Missouri. Prior to the performance, he was involved in an altercation with several white men from the town. The performance itself was marred with insults and jeers
William M. Adams was born enslaved to the Davis family in Texas. In an interview he gave in the late 1930s, he told of slave catchers, singing and dancing, and how white preachers told the slaves to pray that the South won the war. He also tells how the slaves
Charles Hall was born a slave in 1811. Over the course of his life, he was owned by three different men. On March 24th, 1856, Hall emancipated himself via the Underground Railroad.
In the 1860s, Hall was interviewed while living in Canada. Here, he tells of his life in bondage,
We have observed Black History Month for over forty years in the United States. The month of February has been selected as a time for us to compensate for an education which likely neglected the contributions, trials and advances made by black Americans.
Though Black History Month became official in 1976,
Leah Garrett was born a child of slavery. In an interview given in the late 1930s, she recalls several instances of abuse and murder dealt out by her masters. She also recounts the escape and hiding of a slave couple who fled to a cave to escape the punishment of