Black History | Names of 3,959 victims of “racial terror lynchings” released

Bryan StevensonThe Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Ala., released a report on the history of lynchings in the United States, the result of five years of research and 160 visits to sites around the South. The authors of the report compiled an inventory of 3,959 victims of “racial terror lynchings” in 12 Southern states from 1877 to 1950.

DALLAS — A block from the tourist-swarmed headquarters of the former Texas School Book Depository sits the old county courthouse, now a museum. In 1910, a group of men rushed into the courthouse, threw a rope around the neck of a black man accused of sexually assaulting a 3-year-old white girl, and threw the other end of the rope out a window. A mob outside yanked the man, Allen Brooks, to the ground and strung him up at a ceremonial arch a few blocks down Main Street.

Downtown Dallas in 1910, when Allen Brooks, a black man, was hanged from a telephone pole. Credit

(Downtown Dallas in 1910, when Allen Brooks, a black man, was hanged from a telephone pole. Credit via Dallas Public Library/Dallas History Archives Division)

South of the city, past the Trinity River bottoms, a black man named W. R. Taylor was hanged by a mob in 1889. Farther south still is the community of Streetman, where 25-year-old George Gay was hanged from a tree and shot hundreds of times in 1922.

And just beyond that is Kirvin, where three black men, two of them almost certainly innocent, were accused of killing a white woman and, under the gaze of hundreds of soda-drinking spectators, were castrated, stabbed, beaten, tied to a plow and set afire in the spring of 1922.

Map of 73 Years of Lynchings

The most recent data on lynching, compiled by the Equal Justice Initiative, shows premeditated murders carried out by at least three people from 1877 to 1950. The killers claimed to be enforcing some form of social justice. The alleged offenses that prompted the lynchings included political activism and testifying in court.

Map of 73 Years of Lynchings

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18 Responses to Black History | Names of 3,959 victims of “racial terror lynchings” released

  1. Liza says:

    Amy Goodman’s excellent interview with Bryan Stevenson

    As Study Finds 4,000 Lynchings in Jim Crow South, Will U.S. Address Legacy of Racial Terrorism?

    A new report has uncovered shocking details about the history of lynchings in the United States and their legacy today. After five years of exhaustive research and interviews with local historians and descendants of lynching victims, the Equal Justice Initiative found white Southerners lynched nearly 4,000 black men, women and children between 1877 and 1950 — a total far higher than previously known. The report details a 1916 attack in which a mob lynched Jeff Brown for accidentally bumping into a white girl as he ran to catch a train. In an example from 1940, a crowd lynched Jesse Thornton for not addressing a white police officer as “mister.” In many cases, the lynchings were attended by the entire white community in an area. We speak with attorney and Equal Justice Initiative founder and director Bryan Stevenson, whose group’s report is “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror.” The EJI is calling for the placement of historical markers at sites where lynchings occurred.

  2. Liza says:

    Oh, sorry for the duplicate already linked in post. Please delete, thx, Liza

  3. yahtzeebutterfly says:

    May their names NEVER be forgotten! May their souls rest in peace.

    The horror…..I shudder to think of such large scale depravity of the evil doers….the lynchers and those who watched and supported the abominable, evil acts.

  4. Ametia says:

    SG2, you are bringing it this week, like NEVER before. Thank you!

    I hope you are tweeting these links to Lawrence “ISIS & Christianity VIOLENCE & KILLINGS are not the same” O’Donnell!

  5. The Pardu says:

    Great piece. Any chance of posting it on my web page……?

  6. The Case for Reparations

    Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.

  7. For the wingnuts who love to bring up the Black Panthers…show me proof where the Black Panthers lynched a white man & 16 thousand black ppl watched while eating popcorn and posing for photos around the body. In my Sophia voice…me and the baby be waiting….

    • Ametia says:

      LOL @” In my Sophia voice…me and the baby be waiting”

      RIGHTWINGERS=CRICKETS on this request. No one has proven more barbaric in America than the WHITE MAN.

  8. How can you condemn someone else’ terrorism when you’re guilty of the same? OWN yours FIRST! #racialterrorlynchings #AMERIKKA #BlackHistory

  9. ISIS need to be destroyed. But America need to own up to terrorizing it’s own black citizens. Remove the log from your own eye first!

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