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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Frinch Haynie

Murdered in: Hendersonville, Tennessee

G W Lych

Murdered in: Estill Springs, Tennessee

Garfield Burley

Murdered in: Newburn, Tennessee

George Call

Murdered in: Lynchburg, Tennessee

George Estes

Murdered in: Hales Point, Tennessee

George Johnson

Murdered in: Murfreesboro, Tennessee

George Smith

Murdered in: Union City, Tennessee

Graham White

Murdered in: Millington, Tennessee

Green Boman

Murdered in: Shelbyville, Tennessee

Green Wells

Murdered in: Locality Unknown (Tennessee)

Harriet Talley

Murdered in: Petersburg, Tennessee

Harrison Fuller

Murdered in: Lexington, Tennessee

Heck Willis

Murdered in: Lebanon, Tennessee

Henry Giveney

Murdered in: Ripley, Tennessee

Henry Griggard

Murdered in: Goodlettsville, Tennessee

Henry McGreeg

Murdered in: Pioneer, Tennessee

Henry Montgomery

Murdered in: Lewisburg, Tennessee

Henry Noles

Murdered in: Winchester, Tennessee

Henry Sanders

Murdered in: Lavernia, Tennessee

Henry Williams

Murdered in: Gadsen, Tennessee