Like many former slaves, Lorenzo Ivy was interviewed by the WPA in 1937. At that time, he was 87 years old. But long before that, way back in 1874, he was interviewed while a student at the Hampton Normal and Agricultural Institute, the alma mater of Booker T. Washington -
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 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
A few weeks ago, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran an incredibly well-researched article about a lynching that was to have taken place in Pennsylvania on December 19, 1899.
As the story went, a black worker named David Pierce killed a white man named Sanford White. The day it happened, a reporter
In our last post of the holiday season, we'll take a look at how former slaves remembered New Years Day.
While the week following Christmas was, for many, a time of relative relaxation, on most plantations and slave labor camps New Years Day was recalled with sorrow and dread.
On this date in 1889, eight black prisoners were removed from jail and lynched in Barnwell County, South Carolina. There had recently been two murders of white men in the area. Two of the prisoners were charged with murder, and the rest were held either as witnesses or accessories.
Christmas in slavery times was often one of the only days when the slaves didn't feel like slaves. This was the day many recalled with the most fondness. Amid the stories of being sold away from their parents, whippings, lynchings and the dreaded overseers and hounds, the talk of Christmas
The exchanging of presents at Christmas time, a traditional hold out from Roman holiday Saturnalia, has been going on long before Christmas even existed. Through American history, it's something that has always existed. With Christmas, of course, comes the obligation to give gifts. This tradition existed even on the
The American Santa Claus is fully a product of the era of slave times. His personality became so popular that it couldn't help but pour over into the slave population. That he appeared numerous times in the recollections of former slaves isn't surprising. After all, almost every former slave interviewed