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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A.B. Richardson

Murdered in: Caruthersville, Missouri

Andy Clark

Murdered in: Leeper, Missouri

Aurthur McNeal

Murdered in: Richmond, Missouri

Benjamin Smith

Murdered in: La Plata, Missouri

Benjamin Woods

Murdered in: Caruthersville, Missouri

Cleo Wright

Murdered in: Sikeston, Missouri

Curtin Young

Murdered in: Clarkville, Missouri

D. Malone

Murdered in: Caruthersville, Missouri

Dallas Shields

Murdered in: Fayette, Missouri

David Sims

Murdered in: Clarkton, Missouri

Emmet Divens

Murdered in: Fulton, Missouri

Erastus Brown

Murdered in: Villa Ridge, Missouri

Fayette Chandler

Murdered in: St. Charles, Missouri

Frank Embree

Murdered in: Steinmetz, Missouri

French Godley

Murdered in: Pierce City, Missouri

George Burke

Murdered in: Columbia, Missouri

George Johnson

Murdered in: Platte City, Missouri

George Tracy

Murdered in: Kingston, Missouri

Harry Duncan

Murdered in: Springfield, Missouri

Harry Gates

Murdered in: Lexington, Missouri