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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10 Unknown Negroes

Murdered in: Rochester, Kentucky

2 Unknown Negroes

Murdered in: Henderson, Kentucky

Alfred Holt

Murdered in: Owensboro, Kentucky

Arch Baker

Murdered in: Thompkinsville, Kentucky

Archie Haines

Murdered in: Mason County, Kentucky

Arthur Bell

Murdered in: Princeton, Kentucky

Austin Porter

Murdered in: Grayson, Kentucky

An email received by the Memorial on March 2, 2013: Hi folks, Just thought I’d let you know, for whatever you wish to do with the information, that one of the victims of lynching that you list, Austin Porter, was not black.  He was brother to my great-great-grandmother; their genealogy is pretty well documented back to the 1750s and before.  Austin was lynched for murdering his wife, which was not uncommon in those awful days; no suggestion of racial hatred in the act. Best regards; I think your work is very important. Jim Porter.

Bell Duly

Murdered in: Fulton, Kentucky

Brock Henley

Murdered in: Paducah, Kentucky

Burt Haines

Murdered in: Mason County, Kentucky

Caleb Godly

Murdered in: Bowling Green, Kentucky

Charles Hill

Murdered in: Paducah, Kentucky

Charles Miller

Murdered in: Bradwell, Kentucky

Charles Walton

Murdered in: Morganfield, Kentucky

Clarence Garnett

Murdered in: Shelbyville, Kentucky

Daniel Malone

Murdered in: Covington, Kentucky

Doc Jones

Murdered in: Owensboro, Kentucky

Edward Moorman

Murdered in: Guston, Kentucky

Elijah Drake

Murdered in: Madrid Bend, Kentucky

Ellis Buckner

Murdered in: Henderson, Kentucky