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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...

Willie James Howard: The 15-Year-Old Boy Who Was Lynched for Having a Crush on His White Colleague in 1944

Willie James Howard, a 15-year-old African American living in Live Oak, Suwannee County, Florida, met a tragic fate on January 2, 1944, in a harrowing act of racial violence that shook the nation's conscience. The events leading to his death...

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...

The Brutal Lynching of Luther Holbert and His Wife by a White Mob in 1904

Luther Holbert born in 1852, was an African American man who was tortured and lynched alongside his wife by a mob in Doddsville, Mississippi on Sunday, February 7, 1904, after being accused of a double murder. Born into slavery in...

Anthony Crawford: The Wealthy Black Man Who Was Lynched for Arguing with a White Man in 1916

Anthony Crawford was a very successful Black entrepreneur, whose life took a tragic turn in 1916 when a disagreement over cottonseed prices led to his arrest and, ultimately, his lynching at the hands of a white mob.

Tulsa Race Massacre: A White Mob Destroyed America’s Wealthiest Black Neighborhood On This Day In 1921

Tulsa race massacre of 1921, also called Tulsa race riot of 1921, is one of the most severe incidents of racial violence in United State's history.
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John Brown: The Abolitionist Executed for Inciting a Slave Rebellion in West Virginia in 1859

John Brown was a prominent leader in the American abolitionist movement during the decades leading up to the Civil...