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Jesse Thornton: The Alabama Man Who Was Lynched for Not Addressing a White Man as “Mister”

On June 22, 1940, in the small town of Luverne, Alabama, Jesse Thornton, a 26-year-old African-American man, was lynched for allegedly failing to address a white man as "Mister." Thornton managed a chicken farm and had gone to town...

Remembering George Meadows: The African American Man Lynched Under False Allegations of Rape and Murder in 1889

Lynched on January 15, 1889, in Jefferson County, Alabama, Meadows became a victim of a society plagued by racism, false accusations, and mob justice. The events leading to Meadows's lynching began on January 14, 1889, when a white woman reported...

Arthur St. Clair: The Black Minister Lynched for Presiding Over a Mixed-Race Marriage in 1877

Arthur W. St. Clair was an African-American leader whose life was tragically cut short in 1877. His crime? Presiding over the marriage of a black man and a white woman. St. Clair was born into slavery on the May plantation...

The Lynching of 17 Year-Old Marie Scott in 1914

In the history of the United States, the brutal lynching of African Americans stands as a dark stain, revealing the depths of racial hatred and violence that permeated society in the early 20th century. One such tragic incident occurred...

Harry Washington: The Slave Who Escaped George Washington’s Plantation, Fought for the British, and Eventually Settled in Africa

Harry Washington was an African who was enslaved by none other than George Washington, the future first President of the United States. However, Harry’s story transcends the chains of slavery, as he not only fought for his own liberation...

The Langa Massacre: Remembering the Tragic Massacre of Funeral Attendees by South African Apartheid Police in 1985

The Langa Massacre of 1985 stands out as a chilling example of police brutality during South Africa's tumultuous apartheid era. As mourners made their way to the funeral of one of the six individuals slain by apartheid police on...

John Hartfield: The Black Man Who Was Lynched for Dating a White Lady in 1919

John Hartfield was a black man who met a gruesome fate in Ellisville, Mississippi, in 1919, for the supposed crime of being romantically involved with a white woman, Ruth Meeks. Born into a society deeply divided along racial lines, Hartfield...

How Catholic Missionaries Aided Belgian King Leopold in Committing Atrocities in Congo

Few chapters in colonial history are as harrowing and tragic as the exploitation of the Congo Free State under the rule of King Leopold II of Belgium from 1885 to 1908. While the atrocities, described as one of the...

The Seasoning: How Newly Arrived Enslaved Africans Were Brutally Conditioned in the Americas

The seasoning is a brutal process employed by White slave masters to adapt their newly acquired African slaves to a life of servitude.

Madam Yoko: The African Queen Who Took Her Own Life After Betraying Her People to the British

Madam Yoko, also known as Soma, was a prominent Sierra Leonean leader and a key figure in the 19th century who at the and of her life was alienated by her own people for betraying her own kind by aligning with the British.

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Autherine Lucy: The Black Woman Whose Admission to the University of Alabama Sparked a Riot in 1956

Autherine Juanita Lucy was an American activist whose admission to the University of Alabama sparked a riot, leading to...
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