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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Allie Thompson

Murdered in: Culpepper County, Virginia

Andrew Dudley

Murdered in: Greenfield, Virginia

Charles Craven

Murdered in: Leesburg, Virginia

Elmer Moseley

Murdered in: Sussex County, Virginia

Henry Henderson

Murdered in: Ingram, Virginia

James Carter

Murdered in: Amherst, Virginia

John Forbes

Murdered in: Petersburg, Virginia

Mach Neal

Murdered in: Warren, Virginia

Magruder Fletcher

Murdered in: Tasley, Virginia

Martin Roland

Murdered in: Abingdon, Virginia

Owen Anderson

Murdered in: Leesburg, Virginia

Robert Bland

Murdered in: Petersburg, Virginia

Samuel Garner

Murdered in: Bluefield, Virginia

Scott Bailey

Murdered in: Halifax, Virginia

Unknown Negro

Murdered in: Halifax, Virginia

Unknown Negro

Murdered in: Hopeful, Virginia

Unknown Negro

Murdered in: Newport News, Virginia

Unknown Negro

Murdered in: Richmond, Virginia

Walker

Murdered in: Lawrenceville, Virginia

Walter Clark

Murdered in: Danville, Virginia