In this edition of our Voices of Slavery series, we hear from Laura Clark. Mrs. Clark was born enslaved in North Carolina. She never knew her father, who was sold when she was too young to remember him. Her mother, whom she can only recall in tears, was sold shortly
During the early 1900s, when a lynching was reported in papers across the country, the details would be condensed into a short paragraph or two. Such was the case of John Richards - a 25 year old black man who was lynching 101 years ago today.
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This week, we'll continue our series, hearing the tales of the Ku Klux Klan as told by former slaves - this time from North Carolina.
Formed in Tennessee in 1866, the Klan spread quickly to the surrounding states, and then all across the South. These terrorist operations lasted until 1874, when
This week, we'll take a look at two news reports of lynchings and whipping in the Carolinas.
First, we'll read about the Winston-Salem race riot that ended in the deaths of at least three unnamed black citizens, as well as a white fireman defending the jail from a white mob
With great zeal, many Confederate apologists attempt to convince themselves and others that the Confederacy seceded from the United States for the noble causes of liberty, self-rule and states rights. This is only understandable - the historical reasons given by most Southern leaders were not exactly heroic, becoming or moral.
While nearly every known lynching has a newspaper report behind it, relatively few were photographed. At lynching's peak in the 1890s, George Eastman was about to change history. When he introduced the Kodak Brownie box camera in the early 1900s, almost anyone could afford to capture photos. It was at
This week, our look at racially-motivated lynchings involves four specific events. Mobs numbering 200 to 3,000 broke open jails to hang, cut, shoot and burn to death victims without trial. As was normal, not a single member of these mobs was arrested for lynchings. All of the lynching in this
David Walker published his Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World, in 1829 Boston, having left his home in Wilmington, North Carolina years before. Born a free black person in the late 1700s, Walker, as detailed in a previous article, recognized the evil of slavery and became a
The Confederacy and Southern Cause are, of course, huge parts of Southern history. The battles where Southern men killed and died and were led by leaders almost god-like in their reverence consume nearly the full focus of the subject. While many celebrate the bravery and actions on the battlefield and
Louisa Adams was born a slave in North Carolina around 1857. Her memories of slavery were that of a child and probably word of mouth from her parents. This is her story as she recalled it in 1937.
My name is Louisa Adams. I was born in Rockingham, Richmond County, North