A Memorial to the Victims of Lynching

Each of these victims was once a living human being with feelings, hopes and dreams - but the drama of their deaths has overshadowed their lives.

We must remember that...

Each had talents and pleasures: singing, dancing, telling stories, playing cards or sports, creating beautiful and useful things.

Each worked for a living or struggled with unemployment.

Each was part of a family and community: a father or mother, husband or wife, son or daughter, friend or neighbor – loved ones who retrieved the mutilated body and grieved over it.

To pay your respects to a victim, click on the state where he or she died. The state link will take you to a list of names. You can also use the Search box above to find an individual.

Unfortunately, we know little to nothing about these individuals.

Help us to honor their lives by sharing whatever you know about their time on this earth. Include family stories or photos if you can. Please forward them to us here.

To search for information about someone in your family who was lynched, check out these genealogy websites: http://ancestry.com and http://ccharity.com/.

Source of most names, places, and dates of death: Ralph Ginzburg, 100 Years of Lynchings, Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1988, 253-270.

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William Harris

Murdered in: Colquitt County, Georgia

William Holt

Murdered in: Leesburg, Georgia

William Hopkins

Murdered in: New Bainbridge, Georgia

William Hopps

Murdered in: Jesup, Georgia

William Johnson

Murdered in: Locality Unknown (Georgia)

William Kirkland

Murdered in: Thomasville, Georgia

William McClue

Murdered in: Clem, Georgia

William McGroff

Murdered in: Baconton, Georgia

William Miles

Murdered in: Columbus, Georgia

William Moore

Murdered in: Jesup, Georgia

William Reed

Murdered in: Bainbridge, Georgia

William Steward

Murdered in: Eastman, Georgia

William White

Murdered in: Jeffersonville, Georgia

William Willis

Murdered in: Grovetown, Georgia

William Womack

Murdered in: Eastman, Georgia

Willian Barnes

Murdered in: Montezeuma, Georgia


Murdered in: Americus, Georgia