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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George Hurst

Murdered in: Neely, Nebraska

Joseph Coe

Murdered in: Omaha, Nebraska

Will Brown

Murdered in: Omaha, Nebraska

Will Brown, a meatpacking industry worker, was lynched in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1919 for allegedly raping a white woman. The riot of white men leading to his lynching was a response to the new competition for jobs posed by black workers for the first time. Omaha’s was just one of many murderous riots that took place during the “Red Summer of 1919” in some three dozen cities around the country. The photo of this spectacle lynching is one of the most famous.