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: Tamms, Illinois

Allen Butler

Murdered in: Lawrenceville, Illinois

David Wyatt

Murdered in: Bellville, Illinois

Edward Brown

Murdered in: Locality Unknown (Illinois)

Edward Person

Murdered in: Paris, Illinois

F.W. Steward

Murdered in: Iacon, Illinois

George Donigan

Murdered in: Springfield, Illinois

Hallery Willis

Murdered in: Camp Ellis, Illinois

Hughes Woodford

Murdered in: Locality Unknown (Illinois)

I.D. Mayfield

Murdered in: Danville, Illinois

Joseph Strands

Murdered in: Johnston City, Illinois

Peter Willis

Murdered in: Sarsaw, Illinois

Robert P Praeger

Murdered in: Collinsville, Illinois

Sam Bush

Murdered in: Decatur, Illinois

Scott Burton

Murdered in: Springfield, Illinois

Unknown Negro

Murdered in: Thebes, Illinois

William Jones

Murdered in: Cairo, Illinois