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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.
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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Murdered in: Henning, Tennessee
Murdered in: Elkhorn, West Virginia
Murdered in: Forsyth, Georgia
Murdered in: Garland City, Arkansas
Murdered in: Locality Unknown (Georgia)
Murdered in: Shubuta, Mississippi
Murdered in: Scottsboro, Alabama
Murdered in: Greenfield, Virginia
Murdered in: Lovett, Georgia
Murdered in: Bethany, Louisiana
Murdered in: New Orleans, Louisiana
Murdered in: Bainbridge, Georgia
Murdered in: Waycross, Georgia
Murdered in: Scranton, Mississippi
Murdered in: Olive Branch, Mississippi
Murdered in: Huston, Mississippi
Murdered in: Kennedy, Alabama
Murdered in: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Murdered in: Ridgewater, South Carolina
Murdered in: Leeper, Missouri