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
Isaac Green had been born a slave in 1856 at Greensboro, Georgia. He, his siblings and his mother were owned by Colonel Dick Willis. Col. Willis owned 150 slaves and ran a 3,000 acre plantation. who with his wife "Miss Sally" managed a plantation of 3,000 acres of
This past week, a video has been making the rounds among Native American social media accounts. The footage, filmed in June of this past year, features a reenactment by the Westmoreland County Historical Society’s of the 1785 public hanging of a Mamachtaga, a Native man, at Hanna’s Town, Pennsylvania.
The Northern Birth of the White Caps
Following the dissolution of the original Ku Klux Klan, a group known as the White Caps was formed in Indiana. Unlike the Klan, there was no central leadership. This was more of an organic movement, each town and county mimicking the dress and actions of
Under the Ulysses S. Grant administration, the federal government set up the Southern Claims Commission as a way of reimbursing Unionists who lived in the South during the Civil War.
They had to be loyal, of course, and had to have had supplies taken from them by the United States
We will take a look at four different lynchings this week - all racially-motivated. This includes the lynching of a white man in an Oklahoma town that banned black people. Additionally, more Whitecaps come into play. In Georgia, a black man was murdered after having "troubles with some white men."
What follows are two separate interviews with former slave and Union veteran John Ogee. Both were conducted in 1937, when Mr. Ogee was 96 years old. Though both cover much the same territory, the second is more detailed. Having both presented together gives us a look into how former slaves
William Grimes was born a slave in King George County, Virginia in 1784. His mother was a slave, but his father was Benjamin Grymes, a wealthy slave owner. Because his mother was owned by a man named Dr. Steward, he was also owned by Dr. Steward.
Until he was thirty
According to newspapers in 1905, a play called The Clansman was responsible for a lynching. If the name of this play sounds familiar to you, it might be because it was adapted a decade later into the film The Birth of a Nation.
Written by Thomas Dixon, Jr, The Clansman
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