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: Liberty, Texas

2 Unknown Negroes

Murdered in: Burnet, Texas

2 Unknown Negroes

Murdered in: Mexia, Texas

Abe O’Neal

Murdered in: Buff Lake, Texas


Murdered in: Marshall, Texas

Andy Young

Murdered in: Red R County, Texas

Benjamin Harper

Murdered in: Courtney, Texas

Bert Smith

Murdered in: Goose Creek, Texas

Bessie Cabanisis

Murdered in: Huntsville, Texas

Buck Thomas

Murdered in: Clarksville, Texas

Charles Bealle

Murdered in: Lang, Texas

Charles Jennings

Murdered in: Beaumont, Texas

Charles Jones

Murdered in: Marshall, Texas

Charles Sawyer

Murdered in: Galveston, Texas

Charles Shipman

Murdered in: Ft Bend County, Texas

Cute Cabaniss

Murdered in: Huntsville, Texas

Dan Davis

Murdered in: Tyler, Texas

Davis Lee

Murdered in: Jefferson, Texas

Edward Bennett

Murdered in: Hearne, Texas

Edward Lang

Murdered in: Rice, Texas