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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2 Unknown Negroes

Murdered in: Norway, South Carolina

A McKnight

Murdered in: Union City, South Carolina

Alfred Dublin

Murdered in: Olar, South Carolina

Allen Green

Murdered in: Walhalla, South Carolina

Allen Pendleton

Murdered in: Abbeville, South Carolina

Allen Seymour

Murdered in: Hampton, South Carolina

Andy Caldwell

Murdered in: Ridgewater, South Carolina

Anthony Crawford – Father, Husband, Landowner, Farmer

Murdered in: Abbeville, South Carolina

Doria Johnson, great-great granddaughter of Anthony Crawford, recounts his lynching and the effect it had on the lives of his descendants. Updates to this posting include articles about a commemorative ceremony in 2005 and the dedication of a plaque at the hallowed ground in 2016. Video, photos and text.

Arthur Davis

Murdered in: Florence, South Carolina

Benjamin Collins

Murdered in: Phoenix, South Carolina

Bruce Tisdale

Murdered in: Andrews, South Carolina

Cairo William

Murdered in: Scranton, South Carolina

Charles Evans

Murdered in: Norway, South Carolina

Charles Nelson

Murdered in: Jefferson, South Carolina

Charles Robinson

Murdered in: Elko, South Carolina

Columbus Jackson

Murdered in: Phoenix, South Carolina

Daniel Dicks

Murdered in: Ellenton, South Carolina

Daniel Jenkins

Murdered in: Union, South Carolina

David Hunter

Murdered in: Clinton, South Carolina

David Shaw

Murdered in: Gray Court, South Carolina