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Lynched for Miscegenation and Insulting Proposals – This Week in Historical Lynchings

While there is no such thing as a justifiable lynching, some lynchings were for particularly inexcusable reasons. The four that we'll look at his week fall firmly in this category. In 1887, a black man was lynched for marrying a white woman. A year later, another man met the same

The Ocoee, Florida Election Day Massacre & Lynching – This Week in Historical Lynchings

This week, we'll focus upon the November 2, 1920 massacre and flight of the black citizens of Ocoee, Florida. Following the First World War, the black population of Ocoee greatly increased. Due to agricultural production, black workers and their families found the area more or less ideal. By 1920, 45%

Mississippi ‘Race Riot’; Lynched for Miscegenation; The Wrong Man Hanged – This Week in Historical Lynchings

This week, let's take a quick look at two separate lynchings before having a deeper dive with a third. To begin, a black Texan was lynching by cowboys for miscegenation - marrying a white woman. Next, at least four black laborers were killed by Whitecaps in Alabama who were in

Mob of 2,000 Hangs, Burns ‘Negro’ in Maryland – This Week in Historical Lynchings

Today marks the anniversary of the last recorded lynching in Maryland. We'll examine not only the 1933 lynching itself - one of the most horrific and brutal ever recorded - but the original crime and how it's remembered today. Through the use of period newspapers, we can try to piece

Your Children of Hell Have Broken Loose Again! – This Week in Historical Lynchings

This week in 1908 saw the lynching of an entire family in Hickman, Kentucky. Caught up in race prejudice and a land dispute, David Walker, his wife, and at least three of his children were gunned down as they escaped the fire set to their home by Night Riders. Using period newspapers, we’ll look at the details surrounding the lynchings, as well as how a local paper tried to blame the Walkers for their own massacre.

Between the Civil War and World War II, the black community, especially in the South, was terrorized by an epidemic of lynchings. As opposed to public executions, the point of lynching was to avoid the court of law, judge and jury. Often times, the victim, in a holding cell for an offense, was kidnapped by a mob before even being arraigned. According to a recent report issued by the Equal Justice Initiate, there were 4,075 lynchings of black Americans across the South between 1877 and 1950.

Of Mobs, Testimony and Stumbling into a White Girl – This Week in Historical Lynchings

This week, we'll have a look at four separate lynchings by white mobs. In Louisiana, a black man is shot in his home for testifying against a white mob. A white deputy sheriff is shot to death as he attempted to hold off a white mob intent upon lynching a

‘Negro Who Frightened White Woman Lynched’ – This Week in Historical Lynchings

This week, we'll have a look at four separate lynchings of black citizens by white mobs. In Mississippi, a black man is hanged for the offense of frightening a white woman. Four black Louisianans are taken from their cells and lynchings by whites who wished to make a "clean sweep"