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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John Telley

Murdered in: Dyersburg, Tennessee

John Williams

Murdered in: Jackson, Tennessee

John Williams

Murdered in: Mountain City, Tennessee

John Winston

Murdered in: Lafayette, Tennessee

Jonn Hayes

Murdered in: Millington, Tennessee

Joseph Brake

Murdered in: Ripley, Tennessee

Joseph Hayne

Murdered in: Jellico, Tennessee

Joseph Mitchell

Murdered in: McConnell, Tennessee

Joseph Mitchell

Murdered in: Rives, Tennessee

Joseph Robinson

Murdered in: Fayetteville, Tennessee

L C Dumas

Murdered in: Gleason, Tennessee

Lampson Gregory

Murdered in: Bells Depot, Tennessee

Lawrence Sheppard

Murdered in: Memphis, Tennessee

Lewis Rice

Murdered in: Ripley, Tennessee

Ligon Scott

Murdered in: Dyersburg, Tennessee

Loeb Landers

Murdered in: Dresden, Tennessee

Logan Reams

Murdered in: Duplex, Tennessee

Luther Billings

Murdered in: Brunswick, Tennessee

Marshall Stineback

Murdered in: Tiptonville, Tennessee

Martin Mayberry

Murdered in: Bryant Station, Tennessee