Jesse Thornton

Location(s): Luverne, Alabama Decade: 1940s On June 21, 1940, Jesse Thornton, 26 years old, was lynched in Luverne, Crenshaw County, Alabama by Police Officer Rhodes and a white mob. Thornton’s body was later…

Bennie Thompson

Location(s): Ninety-Six, South Carolina Decade: 1930s On October 8, 1933, Benny Thompson was taken from jail by four white men whom he had a quarrel with at a café. He had been arrested…

Henry “Pee Wee” Thomas

Location(s): Americus, Georgia Decade: 1930s On June 21, 1933, Henry “Pewee” Thomas, was killed by McKinley Jordan, Cliff Snider, Dave Mills, Douglas Mills and B.B. Mills in Americus, Georgia. Four of the men…

Edgar Thomas

Location(s): Union Springs, Alabama Decade: 1940s On October 13, 1945, Edgar B. Thomas Sr., a 63-year-old wealthy businessman and shop owner, was shot to death in Union Springs, by Officer Dewey Bradley. On…

Amos Starr

Location(s): Elmore County, Alabama Decade: 1940s On October 25, 1947, 38-year-old  Amos Starr was shot and killed by Officer Cecil Orris Thrash in Tallassee. On September 15, 1949, Thrash was indicted in the…

Rubin Stacy

Location(s): Fort Lauderdale, Florida Decade: 1930s Rubin Stacy, 37, a field hand in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, allegedly encountered a white woman who accused him of attacking her with a knife and reported the…

Charlie Smoke

Location(s): Blounstown, Florida Decade: 1930s On August 28, 1931, 18 year-old Charlie Smoke and his brother, 28 year-old Richard, were abducted from a car and lynched by a mob in Blountstown, Florida. A…

John Earl Reese

Location(s): Gregg County, Texas Decade: 1950s On October 22, 1955, John Earl Reese, 16 years old, was shot and killed by Joe Simpson and Perry Dean Ross in Gregg County, Texas. Reese’s teen…

Odis Price

Location(s): Perry, Florida Decade: 1930s Odis Price, a twenty-one-year-old black turpentine worker, was lynched in Perry, Florida on August 9, 1938. Mae Verdie Outler, a white woman alleged that Price had tried to…

Nelson Nash

Location(s): Ringgold, Louisiana Decade: 1930s Nelson Nash was Implicated in the abduction, robbery, and murder of a White banker (Batchelor) and his wife. Taken from their home, Nelson made them try to open…

Willie Ruth Mosley

Location(s): Gadsden, Alabama Decade: 1950s On April 28, 1951, 17-year-old, pregnant Willie Ruth Mosley (née Williams), was killed by Birmingham Police Officer F.H. Vinyard in Gadsden, Alabama. The Attorney General’s Office investigated the…

Della McDuffie

Location(s): Alberta, Alabama Decade: 1950s On April 25, 1953, Della McDuffie, a paralyzed 63-year-old woman, was killed by Sheriff “Lummie” Jenkins in Alberta, Wilcox County, Alabama during a raid. No legal action was…

William Lockwood

Location(s): Tuskegee, Alabama Decade: 1940s On May 2, 1946, William Lockwood, 59 years old, was shot and killed by Sheriff Willie Kirby in Tuskegee, Alabama. On June 24, 1947, Assistant Attorney General, Theron…

Moses Jones

Location(s): Clarke County, Alabama Decade: 1950s In December 1953, Moses Jones, 35 years old, was shot to death by Sheriff Jenkins Hill in Clarke County, Alabama. State and federal authorities investigated Jones’ death.…

William “Pig” Lockett, Holly White, and Hollie Appleberry

Location(s): Woodville, Mississippi Decade: 1940s On September 10, 1930, William “Pig” Lockett, age 22, and Robert “Holly” White, age 32, were being transported from the jail in DeKalb to Scooba for a preliminary…

Willie Johnson

Location(s): Brunswick, Georgia Decade: 1940s On May 3, 1949, Willie Johnson, a 56-year-old laborer and Baptist church deacon, was shot and killed May 4, 1949, in Brunswick, Glynn County by Police Officers Leonard…

Wesley Johnson

Location(s): Henry County, Alabama Decade: 1930s While the exact date is unknown, in February 1937, Wesley Johnson, 18 years old, was lynched in Tumbleton, Alabama. Two state grand juries were convened to investigate…

Walter Lee Johnson

Location(s): Atlanta, Georgia Decade: 1940s On September 28, 1946, 22 year old veteran Walter Lee Johnson was shot by W.D. Lee, a motorman employed by the Georgia Power Company, on a streetcar in…

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