Thursday, March 19, 2020

Black Lynch Mobs

Most people imagine a Southern lynch mob as whites lynching blacks.  (Extra points if you know about the mob that lynched a Jew for the National Pencil factory murder.)  In the West, whites lynching whites fits our prejudices.  But this surprised me:


Wickliffe, Ky. (1901)
9/11/1901: A black mob took three black men accused of murder from the jail and hung them.
Category: public
Suicide: no
Cause: lynch
Weapon: hung[1]


[1] “Sight is Grewsome [sic]," Ottumwa Semi-Weekly Courier, Sept. 12, 1901, 1.

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