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.

View by state


“Red” Smith

Murdered in: Naugatuck, West Virginia

2 Unknown Negroes

Murdered in: Waniesdorf, West Virginia

2 Unknown Negroes

Murdered in: Logan County, West Virginia

Alexander Foote

Murdered in: Princeton, West Virginia

Alexander Jones

Murdered in: Bluefield, West Virginia

Anderson Holliday

Murdered in: Elkhorn, West Virginia

Charles Lewis

Murdered in: Sutton, West Virginia

Cornelius Coffee

Murdered in: Keystone, West Virginia

Edgar Jones

Murdered in: Weston, West Virginia

Frank Brown

Murdered in: Madison, West Virginia

Green McCoy

Murdered in: Hamlin, West Virginia

James Smith

Murdered in: Logan County, West Virginia

John Carter

Murdered in: Hinton, West Virginia

John Turner

Murdered in: Fayetteville, West Virginia

Mills Luther

Murdered in: Mercer County, West Virginia

Peter Jackson

Murdered in: Elkins, West Virginia

Rudolph Clements

Murdered in: Waniesdorf, West Virginia

T Williams

Murdered in: Glen Jean, West Virginia

Unknown Negro

Murdered in: Bramwell, West Virginia

Unknown Negro

Murdered in: Huntington, West Virginia