BLACK HISTORY: Black Women who were Lynched in America

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Black History month for me has become a time where I step away from the cliche’ watching of roots or the preverbial reciting of “I Have a Dream” to take time to seriously understand what really happened. Being 30 years old, I escaped much of “the struggle” based on age alone, the other part, my parents worked hard to shield me from. Like many others in my age bracket, we are so far removed from the time when were Black people were not afforded basic civil liberties, that its almost as if it never happened. Images like the one above make it all real. It drives it all home for me. Granted I was not there or even born when this photo was snapped, however this image is so powerful that it alone has better helped me understand the plight of Black people in this country.

American women lynched in America.  Four of them were known to have been pregnant. You can see the full list at the post Recorded Cases of Black Female Lynching Victims 1886-1957: More on Black Women Who Were Lynched.)

Printed as a community service by Dr. Daniel Meaders, Professor of History at William Patterson University, and author of several books and articles, including Dead or Alive, Fugitive Slaves and White Indentured Servants Before 1800 (Garland Press, 1993)

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Jennie Steers
On July 25, 1903 a mob lynched Jennie Steers on the Beard Plantation in Louisiana for supposedly giving a white teenager, 16 year-old Elizabeth Dolan, a glass of poisoned lemonade. Before they killed her, the mob tried to force her to confess but she refused and was hanged. (100 Years at Lynching. Ralph Ginzburg)

laura_nelson_high_resLaura Nelson
Laura Nelson was lynched on May 23, 1911 In Okemah, Okluskee, Oklahoma. Her fifteen year old son was also lynched at the same time but I could not find a photo of her son. The photograph of Nelson was drawn from a postcard. Authorities accused her of killing a deputy sheriff who supposedly stumbled on some stolen goods in her house. Why they lynched her child is a mystery. The mob raped and dragged Nelson six miles to the Canadian River and hanged her from a bridge.(NAACP: One Hundred Years of Lynching in the US 1889-1918 )

Ann Barksdale or Ann Bostwick
The lynchers maintained that Ann Barksdale or Ann Bostwlck killed her female employer in Pinehurst, Georgia on June 24, 1912. Nobody knows if or why Barksdale or Bostick killed her employer because there was no trial and no one thought to take a statement from this Black woman who authorities claimed had ”violent fits of insanity” and should have been placed in a hospital. Nobody was arrested and the crowd was In a festive mood. Placed in a car with a rope around her neck, and the other end tied to a tree limb, the lynchers drove at high speed and she was strangled to death. For good measure the mob shot her eyes out and shot enough bullets Into her body that she was “cut in two.”

Marie Scott
March 31, 1914, a white mob of at least a dozen males, yanked seventeen year-old Marie Scott from jail, threw a rope over her head as she screamed and hanged her from a telephone pole in Wagoner County, Oklahoma. What happened? Two drunken white men barged Into her house as she was dressing. They locked themselves in her room and criminally “assaulted” her. Her brother apparently heard her screams for help, kicked down the door, killed one assailant and fled. Some accounts state that the assailant was stabbed. Frustrated by their inability to lynch Marie Scott’s brother the mob lynched Marie Scott. (Crisis 1914 and 100 Years of Lynching)

Mary Turner 1918 Eight Months Pregnant
Mobs lynched Mary Turner on May 17, 1918 in Lowndes County. Georgia because she vowed to have those responsible for killing her husband arrested. Her husband was arrested in connection with the shooting and killing Hampton Smith, a white farmer for whom the couple had worked, and wounding his wife. Sidney Johnson. a Black, apparently killed Smith because he was tired of the farmer’s abuse. Unable to find Johnson. the killers lynched eight other Blacks Including Hayes Turner and his wife Mary. The mob hanged Mary by her feet, poured gasoline and oil on her and set fire to her body. One white man sliced her open and Mrs. Turner’s baby tumbled to the ground with a “little cry” and the mob stomped the baby to death and sprayed bullets into Mary Turner. (NAACP: Thirty Years of Lynching in the U.S. 1889-1918  )

Maggie Howze and Alma Howze -Both Pregnant
Accused of the murder of Dr. E.L. Johnston in December 1918. Whites lynched Andrew Clark, age 15, Major Clark, age 20, Maggie Howze, age 20, and Alma Howze, age 16 from a bridge near Shutaba, a town in Mississippi. The local press described Johnston as being a wealthy dentist, but he did not have an established business in the true sense of the word. He sought patients by riding his buggy throughout the community offering his services to the public at large in Alabama. Unable to make money “peddling” dentistry, the dentist returned to Mississippi to work on his father’s land near Shabuta. During his travels he had developed an intimate relationship with Maggie Howze. a Black woman who he had asked to move and lived with him. He also asked that she bring her sister Alma Howze along. While using the Black young women as sexual objects Johnson impregnated both of them though he was married and had a child. Three Black laborers worked on Johnston’s plantation, two of whom were brothers, Major and Andrew Clark. Major tried to court Maggie, but Johnson was violently opposed to her trying to create a world of her own that did not include him. To block a threat to his sexual fiefdom, Johnston threaten Clark’s life. Shortly after Johnston turned up dead and the finger was pointed at Major Clark and the Howze sisters. The whites picked up Major, his brother, Maggie and her sister and threw them in jail. To extract a confession from Major Clark, the authorities placed his testicles between the “jaws of a vise” and slowly closed it until Clark admitted that he killed Johnston. White community members took the four Blacks out of jail, placed them in an automobile, turned the head lights out and headed to the lynching site. Eighteen other cars, carrying members of the mob, followed close behind. Someone shut the power plant down and the town fell into darkness. Ropes were placed around the necks of the four Blacks and the other ends tied to the girder of the bridge. Maggie Howze cried, “I ain’t guilty of killing the doctor and you oughtn’t to kill me.” Someone took a monkey wrench and “struck her In the mouth with It, knocking her teeth out. She was also hit across the head with the same instrument, cutting a long gash In which the side of a person’s hand could be placed.” While the three other Blacks were killed instantly, Maggie Howze, four months pregnant, managed to grab the side of the bridge to break her fall. She did this twice before she died and the mob joked about how difficult it was to kill that “big Jersey woman.” No one stepped forward to claim the bodies. No one held funeral services for the victims. The Black community demanded that the whites cut them down and bury them because they ‘lynched them.” The whites placed them in unmarked graves.

Alma Howze was on the verge of giving birth when the whites killed her. One witness claimed that at her “burial on the second day following, the movements of her unborn child could be detected.” Keep in mind, Johnston’s parents felt that the Blacks had nothing to do with their son’s death and that some irate white man killed him, knowing that the blame would fall on the Black’s shoulders. The indefatigable Walter White, NAACP secretary, visited the scene of the execution and crafted the report. He pressed Governor Bilbo of Mississippi to look into the lynching and Bilbo told the NAACP to go to hell. (NAACP: Thirty Years of Lynching in the U.S.. 1889-1918 ) (Papers of the NAACP)

Holbert Burnt at the Stake
Luther Holbert, a Black, supposedly killed James Eastland, a wealthy planter and John Carr, a negro, who lived near Doddsville Mississippi. After a hundred mile chase over four days, the mob of more than 1,000 persons caught Luther and his wife and tied them both to trees. They were forced to hold out their hands while one finger at a time was chopped off and their ears were cut off. Pieces of raw quivering flesh was pulled out of their arms, legs and body with a bore screw and kept for souvenirs. Holbert was beaten and his skull fractured. An eye was knocked out with a stick and hung from the socket. (100 Years of Lynching by Ralph Ginzburg)

WHO ARE OUR REAL HEROES?
American mobs lynched some 5.000 Blacks since 1859, scores of whom were women, several of them pregnant. Rarely did the killers spend time in jail because the white mobs and the government officials who protected them believed justice meant (just us) white folks. Lynching denied Blacks the right to a trial or the right to due process. No need for a lawyer and a jury of your peers: the white community decided what happened and what ought to be done. After the whites accused Laura Nelson of killing a white deputy In Oklahoma, they raped this Black woman, tied her to a bridge trestle and for good measure, They lynched her son from a telephone pole. Had the white community reacted in horror after viewing the dangling corpses of Laura Nelson and her son? No, they came by the hundreds, making their way by cars, horse driven wagons, and by foot to view the lynching. Dressed in their Sunday best, holding their children’s hands and hugging their babies the white on-lookers looked forward to witnessing the spectacle of a modern day crucifixion. They snapped pictures of Laura Nelson, placed them on postcards and mailed them to their friends boasting about the execution. They chopped of f the fingers, sliced off the ears of Ms. Holbert, placed the parts In jars of alcohol and displayed them in their windows.

White America today know little or nothing about lynching because it contradicts every value America purports to stand for. Blacks, too, know far too little about the lynchings because the subject is rarely taught in school. Had they known more about these lynchings, I am almost certain that Blacks would have taken anyone to task, including gangster rappers, for calling themselves niggers or calling Black women “hoes” and “bitches.” How could anybody in their right mind call these Black women who were sexually abused, mutilated, tortured and mocked the same degrading Please do not throw this away. Give it to a friend or a names that the psychopathic lynchers called them? relative. Peace.

What Black woman in her right state of mind would snap her fingers or tap her feet toihe beat of a song that contained the same degrading remarks that the whites uttered when they raped and lynched them The lynchers and the thousands of gleeful spectators called these Black women niggers when they captured them, niggers when they placed the rope around their necks and niggers when their necks snapped. Whites viewed Black women as hated black things, for, how else can one explain the treatment of Mary Turner? The lynch mob ignored her cries for mercy, ripped off her clothes, tied her ankles together, turned her upside down, doused her naked body with gas and oil, set her naked body on fire, ripped her baby out of her, stomped the child to death and laughed about it. Blacks purchased Winchesters to protect themselves, staged demonstrations, created anti-lynching organizations, pushed for anti-lynching legislation and published articles and books attacking the extralegal violence. Many pocked up. left the community never to return again. Others went through bouts of sadness, despair, and grief. Some broke down, a few went insane. Others probably fell on their knees, put their hands together, closed their eyes and begged Jesus for help. Jesus help us. Do not forsake us. But Jesus. the same white man the lyncher’s ancestors taught us to love, never flew out of the bush in a flame of fire armed with frogs and files and locusts to save Mary Turner. No thunder, no rain, no hail and no fire blocked the lynchers from hanging Laura Nelson. He did not see the “affliction” of the Holberts; he did not hear the screams of Marie Scott or the cry of Jennifer Steers.

So who are our real heroes?. Little Kim Is not a hero. Oprah is not a hero.. Whoople Goldberg is not a hero. Michael Jordan is not a hero. Dennis Rodman Is not a hero. They are entertainers, sport figures. creations of the media, media icons and they are about making huge sums of money and we wish these enterprising stars well. . Mary Turner, Laura Nelson, Marie Scott and Jennie Steers are your true historical heroes. Niggers they were not. Bitches they were not. Hoes they were not. They will not go down in history for plastering their bodies with tattoos, inventing exotic diets, endorsing Gator Ade, embracing studIo gangsterism, They were strong beautiful Black women who suffered excruciating pain, died horrible deaths. Their legacy of -strength lives on. These are my heroes. Make them yours as well.

Addendum===
Below are women who were lynched in addition to the initial findings of Dr. Daniel Meaders. They can be found in the pages of the book 100 Years of Lynching by Ralph Ginzburg.

Mae Murray Dorsey and Dorothy Malcolm
On July 25, 1946, four young African Americans—George & Mae Murray Dorsey and Roger & Dorothy Malcom—were shot hundreds of times by 12 to 15 unmasked white men in broad daylight at the Moore’s Ford bridge spanning the Apalachee River, 60 miles east of Atlanta, Georgia. These killings, for which no one was ever prosecuted, enraged President Harry Truman and led to historic changes, but were quickly forgotten in Oconee and Walton Counties where they occurred. No one was ever brought to justice for the crime.

Ballie Crutchfield
Around midnight on March 15, 1901 Ballie Crutchfield was taken from her home in Rome to a bridge over Round Lick Creek by a mob. There her hands were tied behind her, and she was shot through the head and then thrown in the creek. Her body was recovered the next day and an inquest found that she met her death at the hands of persons unknown (euphemism for lynching).

After Walter Sampson lost a pocketbook containing $120, it was found by a little boy. As he went to return it to its owner, William Crutchfield, Ballie’s brother, met the boy. Apparently, the boy gave him the pocketbook after being convinced it had no value. Sampson had Crutchfield arrested and taken to the house of one Squire Bains.

A mob came to take Crutchfield for execution. On the way he broke lose and escaped in the dark. The mob was so blind with rage they lay blame on Ballie as a co-conspirator in her brother’s alleged crime and proceeded to enact upon their beliefs culminating in the aforementioned orgy of inhumanity.

Belle Hathaway
At 9 o’clock the night of January 23, 1912 100 men congregated in front of the Hamilton, Georgia courthouse. They then broke into the Harris County Jail. After overpowering Jailor E.M. Robinson they took three men and a woman one mile from town.

Belle Hathaway, John Moore, Eugene Hamming, and “Dusty” Cruthfield were in jail after being charged with the shooting death a farmer named Norman Hadley.

Writhing bodies silhouetted against the sky as revolvers and rifles blazed forth a cacophony of 300 shots at the victims before the mob dispersed.

Sullivan Couple Hung as Deputy Sheriff and Posse Watch
Fred Sullivan and his wife were hanged after being accused of burning a barn on a plantation near Byhalia, Mississippi November 25, 1914. The deputy sheriff and his posse were forced to watch the proceedings.

Cordella Stevenson Raped and Lynched
Wednesday, December 8, 1915 Cordella Stevenson was hung from the limb of a tree without any clothing about fifty yards north of the Mobile and Ohio Railroad outside Columbus, Mississippi. The gruesomely horrific scene was witnessed by thousands and thousands of passengers who traveled in and out of the city the next morning.

She was hung there by a bloodthirsty mob who had taken her from slumber, husband and home to the spot where she was raped and lynched. All this was done after she had been brought to the police station for questioning in connection with the arson of Gabe Frank’s barn. Her son had been suspected of the fire. The police released her after she convinced them her son had left home several months prior and she did not know his whereabouts.

After going to bed early, a knock was heard at the door. Her husband, Arch Stevenson went to answer, but the door was broken down first and his wife was seized. He was threatened with rifle barrels to his head should he move.

The body was left hanging until Friday morning. An inquest returned a verdict of “death at the hands of persons unknown.”

5 Hanged on One Oak Tree
Three men and two women were taken from the jail in Newberry, Florida on August 19, 1916 and hanged by a mob. Another man was shot by deputy sheriffs near Jonesville, Florida. All this was the result of the killing the day prior of Constable S.G. Wynne and the shooting of Dr. L.G. Harris by Boisey Long. Those who were lynched had been accused of aiding Long in his escape.

Mary Conley
After Sam Conley had been reprimanded by E.M. Melvin near Arlington, Georgia, his mother Mary intervened to express her resentment. After Melvin slapped and grappled with her, Sam Conley struck Melvin on the head with an iron scale weight, resulting in his death shortly afterward.

Although Sam escaped, his mother was captured and jailed. She was taken from the jail at Leary and her body was riddled with bullets. Her remains were found along the roadside by parties entering into Arlington the next morning.

Bertha Lowman
Demon Lowman, Bertha Lowman, and their cousin Clarence Lowman were in the Aiken, South Carolina jail when it was raided by a mob early on October 8, 1926. The three had been in jail for a year and a half while they were tried for the murder of Sheriff and Klansman Henry H.H. Howard. Howard was shot in the back while raiding the house of Sam Lowman, father to Bertha and Demon. Klansmen filed by Howard’s body two-by-two when it laid in state. A year after his funeral a cross was burned in the cemetery at his grave.

Although the Lowman’s were tried and sentenced to death, a State Supreme Court reversed the findings and ordered a new trial. Demon had just been found not guilty when the raid on the jail occurred. Taken to a pine thicket just beyond the city limits their bodies were riddled with bullets.

The events which resulted in this lynching are surreal to say the least. Samuel Lowman was away from home at a mill having meal ground on April 25, 1925. Sheriff Howard and three deputies appeared at the Lowman Cabin three miles from Aiken. Annie Lowman, Samuel’s wife and their daughter Bertha were out back of the house working. Their family had never been in any kind of trouble. They did not know the sheriff and he did not know them. Furthermore, they were not wearing any uniform or regalia depicting them as law enforcers. Hence the alarming state of mind they had when four white men entered their yard unannounced, even if it was on a routine whiskey check. It was even more distressing because a group of white men had come to the house a few weeks earlier and whipped Demon for no reason at all. After speaking softly to each other the women decided to go in the house.

When the men saw the women move towards the house they drew their revolvers and rushed forward. Sheriff Howard reached the back step at the same time as Bertha. He struck her in the mouth with his pistol butt. Mrs. Lowman picked up an axe and rushed to her daughter’s aid. A deputy emptied his revolver into the old woman killing her.

Demon and Clarence were working in a nearby field when they heard Bertha’s scream. Demon retrieved a pistol from a shed while Clarence armed himself with a shotgun. The deputies shot at Demon, who returned fire. Clarence’s actions are not clear. When it was all over a few seconds later the Sheriff was dead. Bertha had received two gunshots to the chest just above her heart. Clarence and Demon were wounded also. In total five members of the Lowman family were in put jail.

Samuel Lowman returned to find in his absence he had become a widower with four of his children in jail along with his nephew. In three days he would be charged with harboring illegal liquor when a quarter of a bottle of the substance is found in his backyard. For that the elderly farmer was sentenced to two years on the chain gang.

18 year old Bertha, 22 year old Demon and 15 year old Clarence were tried for the Sheriff’s murder and swiftly found guilty. The men were sentenced to death with Bertha given a life sentence.

Demon’s acquittal made it appear that Clarence and Bertha would been freed as well. The day they were murdered they were taken from the jail, driven to a tourist a few miles from town and set loose. As they ran they were shot down.

Mr. Lowman contended one of the deputies who coveted the Sheriff’s job was his real killer. The same man later led the mob which slew Lowman’s children and nephew. Apparently, he knew they could identify him as the culprit.

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143 thoughts on “BLACK HISTORY: Black Women who were Lynched in America

  1. This is sad truth but needs to be told!!! Black youth need to learn what was “PAID” for them to live like they do today!!! They take “Freedom” for granted and need to be constantly reminded to appreciate it, embrace it, go to school and participate in society as productive citizens! It isn’t the schools responsibility to educate this to Black youth IT IS THE PARENTS!!! The Jews never let their youth forget the “Holocaust”, the Japanese never let their youth forget “Hiroshima” and Blacks need to do the same. Blacks need to turn their anger into energy and utilize the freedom they have earned and make it work for them! Blacks “FREEDOM” was paid for with a higher price than any other races freedom so they need to appreciate it more and do positive things with it!!!!!!!!

  2. Erika , that´s´ what I am talking about . They smile and laugh like it´s no big deal and in the family eyes you will always nigger ! There are no than enough ways to avoid these people at all cost .

  3. God help me and I know many people wont understand my point of view . These are some of the reasons I WILL NEVER BE WITH A WHITE MAN . So many died at the hands of them just for fun !!!!

  4. Today some schools rarey feel the need to even discuss Black History and this leaves our children at a serious disadvantage. Some of our children only know of Dr. King, Malcolm X and maybe Harriet Tubman those whom contributed to and made enough mark on our history to even be acknowledged in school or the world. Please lets not forgot those people that didn’t make a mark on history but still suffered an injustice just because of skin color and ignorance. Thank you so much for sharing Dineva I appreciate their stories.

  5. These pictures are a testament to the autrocities afflicted on Afro- Americans. The young people should see this and reflect on the freedoms they abuse. Their freedom came at a price in human indignities and suffering. They should realize that they should respect older people, because older people faced and conquered Jim crows abuses so they would not have to. Thank you Linda for sharing history with us. Willie Anderson , your neighbor.

  6. Thank you for this small but extremely important and impacting piece of history. Those of us who lived Jim Crow need a nudge of reminding when we get too comfortable and complacent. Those who never knew need to be educated. We have a whole generation who do not believe the atrocity of Black slavery, the Holocaust, or Jim Crow lynching of thousands ever happened. Being unaware of your history opens the door to having it repeat. The engineered moves against voter’s rights, the economic downturn, loss off homes and jobs is a precursor. We have to stay alert, aware and willing to resist even unto death.

  7. Thank you for this post. The photos themselves make you stop in your tracks and read. Growing up in the south, and witnessing my father be harassed and called a nigger and laughed at by 2 redneck hillbillies was horrifying to me an 8 y.o. By the time I was 11 and had been called a nigger by 2 white male classmates, I began to see every white person as someone who thought I was lesser. Growing up and leaving there, I have surely grown and realize that if I continue with this mindset, im disabling myself and my childrens future. BUT we can never forget, I certainly cant forget what blacks did and continue to go through today. Thank you. Will surely be sharing this info with family and friends both black and white.

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  9. We Blacks of Africa root have REALLY experienced TERRORISM since encountering the white man. They actually hate us although we (the first humans on earth) gave birth to them. May God continue to bless these old souls and the new souls who are not aware they they are culturally lost and dangling from the invisible mental rope – which they can’t see but can surely feel. I love my people and this is always devastating but necessary to remember. Thanks for the brief moment of history that will follow me always..

  10. This was difficult to read. The names and stories make it that much more personal. I will never understand how people can do this to one another. Nowadays, blacks are killing eachother. We have to learn to block out the programming that teaches us to hate ourselves.

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  12. This is extremely relevant. The media will have you believe that in the Black community if your daddy was a thug, you will be too. Meanwhile there are plenty of White folks operating perfectly fine even though their history is rooted in rape and murder. It was ok for the slave woman to have ten kids by three different men when the white man profited but now when he doesn’t profit it is not appropriate behavior. They control the narrative on everything. History like this frees your mind from that narrative.

    • This article was difficult to read and the graphics were appalling to watch. I am not from America but I live here now in the South. The stench of slavery still lingers here in Louisiana. While slavery also existed in the Caribbean, where I am from I am yet to ascertain as to whether or not lynches took place there. Our history as an entire race has been tumultuous! These historical facts should be part of every school curriculum throughout America. It is quite a travesty that the next generation, and even most of the one that I am a part of will be lost to such knowledge. Black people have to rise up and lead the lives they are supposed to live. Our Black men need to understand that they are kings and princes, and treat our Black Women with respect. and they too have to respect themselves as queens and princesses!
      The writer did express some bitterness towards Jesus Christ, but the Christ that the white people of that day spoke of is not the Christ of the Bible. He is coming back and He will reward the cruel with their just recompense.

  13. Extremely graphic and painful to read, but very informative. I’m from the south where prejudice is STILL very much active no matter what anyone says. I knew lynching’s occurred but not to women like that! Makes me cry to read this! THANKS SO MUCH for this article; I will pass it along to my 17 year old daughter and others to read as well. History that needs to be shared.

  14. This post was so necessary. I loved the part about bw snaping their fingers to the same degrading remarks that were said while being raped and lynched. We have to take personal responsibility for our future. Thank you Dineva.

  15. This was extremely difficult to read. What’s so baffling to me is these same crackers referred to the blacks as savages, but their behaviors were far more savage! The ironic thing, is all these events atrocities took place in the south by I’m sure uneducated, inbreed, hillbillies! The same place the majority of slavery took place, the majority of violence took place during the Civil Rights Movement as well as the majority of hate crimes and injustices directed towards blacks to this very day!!!

  16. I feel it is critical to know these truths, however painful and devastating it is to read. I’m sorry. No one deserved this.

  17. I hope these poor folks went straight to heaven. What a disgrace. Alot of white men were and are still so cruel. They torture their wives and children and the animals in the house. thank God we have laws, but now and then one of them fall through the cracks and do horrendous thibgs to their families. Some women these days are socruelas well.
    God bless these poor ladies that endured this senseless treatment. They were better than the ones doing the torture.
    I have no more words to decribe how horrible this is to read.

  18. very deep. and i am speechless. its very sad! you don’t want to ever forget and you also want your kids to be taught not to throw stone for stone!

  19. DAMMIT I LOST THE BET. I bet someone that that this post would at least get 200 comments since RHOA generates like 300-700 sometimes. I lost. I know you seeing this so text me which gift card you want. DAMN DAMN DAMN, LOL

  20. It´s the history that they do not want talk about. These are their Grandparents, and parents doing these unthinkable acts to our people. They tell us that we should forget the pass, that was so long ago, it´s in the pass, we´ve moved on from that. I think we owe it to these men and women to tell their stories. That´s what the Jews do, they keep telling the world how their people were treated. Black history is bigger than 28 days. Do what you can for as many as you can.

  21. I feel so soo sad for what i saw. I got this information from a website tagged my by a friend and i must say i feel like crying. If some people could be so cruel and insane to act so cowardly in hatred. Thinking about this, brings to memory the need for blacks to trace their roots and bridge the gab created by these criminals

  22. Hard to finish, but important nonetheless. These things happened in the last 100 years. We must never forget. Thank you for sharing this.

  23. This is the second story that had tears in my eyes today. Black history should be remembered everyday. Our ancestors fought and died for us to have the freedoms we have today. Young people need to be to taught and older people need to be reminded.

  24. That was a lot of reading but worth the knowledge gained. I have read many stories of black men who were lynched but not many women. My heart is heavy based on what I read. Thank u Dineva for sharing.

  25. Ive always known about lynching but reading the names & stories brought it to life in front of my eyes. Im deeply moved and disturbed but i am more determined to do well for my black community. I want us all to love & respect each other more. This article is so profound. It will be even more powerful with some more editing. Also, the part about Jesus not hearing their cries is too opinionated & should be removed. Please. Thank you.

  26. Yea we need to get in touch with our roots, the white man got what they call ppl of brown skin thinking they from Africa, just because ur skin is of color the white man got some thinking they are from Africa not all ppl of color came from Africa

  27. Even though I’m only 21, my 62 and 64 year old parents make sure to instill a strong history of my heritage in me and this is one factor that is truly sickening. My heritage, however, is a little more dynamic than my fellow African-American female peers, being that my creole ancestors owned slaves, something I hate to even acknowledge. It’s hard to believe that people can have such disregard for other human lives to the point that they can stomach torturing others, because that’s exactly what it all boiled down to. Articles like this are what pose a conflict in my everyday life. Being born, raised & living in Louisiana, I face racism and sexism almost every single day. I try to convince myself to apopt a modern-day mentality and convince myself that certain remarks and actions aren’t racist. Then I think of stories from my mother about being a child in the 50s, going to back doors, drinking from separate fountains, going to certain schools, sitting in the balcony of movie theaters, standing or sitting at the back of public transportation–and I can’t bring myself to turn the other cheek. I get written off as a stereotypical angry black woman but being alive and a woman is all I have. “…being colored is a metaphysical dilemma I haven’t conquered yet.” (Thandie Newton, For Colored Girls)

  28. This is part of history and is important information for ALL people to know. “Never forget” is implied so that it will never happen again. This is an age of information and (hopefully) growth in a hopeful, respectful direction. Peace should be able to exist WITH knowledge and glean from it compassion. Growing up white in suburban America and NEVER learning about these women is an atrocity. Had I known, it wouldn’t be so difficult for me to understand when someone would say “blacks hate whites.” Compassion goes both ways, they don’t know my story but we were never told theirs either.

  29. First it was the white men now is it’s “Our Own” black men who are lynching us every chance they get… Comparing us to animals that aren’t worthy of their love, protection, proposals or respect. It’s dis-heartening be look upon with such hatred from young to old. I understand a lot of black men want to the furthest thing from a black woman even though she’s never tuned from his side… We get men saying “I want a woman who can go swimming without something oh her head” or I want a woman who I can see blush… Comparing black women to other women always in a derogatory fashion is hurtful and make me sad that all the black women that was lynch right beside these black men are now being drug and hung in the media by our very own “men”. I have to raise my daughters with imagery of black men expressing DAILY of how black women are less than because we display strength, courage, voice, heart and die heart commitment to our children and communities. Who would have known black women would now dealing with not just hatred from whites but black men in growing numbers. It seem it’s all been in vain…

  30. This is a true sin to do this to another person. Who do you think you are !!!!!! GOD!!!!
    well God said, that the sins of the fathers is come to visit the third and fourth generations,
    and if your fore fathers did it, your children shall eat the fruit thereof, (AND SO IT IS SAYS GOD)

  31. When it comes to The Holocaust they’re motto is Never Forget. When it comes to 9/11, they’re motto is Never Forget. But when it comes to OUR history, AMERICAN History, they constantly want to forget amd pretend there’s been SO MUCH progress! Like brother Malcolm said, don’t stab ume in the back 12 inches and pull it out 3 & tell me thats progress! Thank God some of us know that our history did not start with slavery!

  32. This hurts me to the soul. To see my sisters and mothers tortured like this deeply saddens my heart. I knew the fathers and brothers suffered this fate, but to see the mothers and sisters go through this. The sad thing about this is that some of those people that were involved are still walking amoung us today. They are older, but just as evil as they were then.

    WE MUST NEVER LET OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN FORGET THE LESSONS OF THE PAST.

    My whole being is hurting,

  33. It saddens me a whole lot. Something else that saddens me is that some black people either do not know this history or care enough to carry themselves with dignity. All this “ratchedness” you see on reality TV, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, black on black senseless crime, people dropping out of school and refusing to get an education, and general foolishness breaks my heart. To think that your ancestors were treated like this and considered to be less than human – and they still fought for their descendants to have a dignified life, its sad when people throw it away

  34. This world will never be perfect, no matter how hard white people try to make it nowadays, because of this. The bullshit their ancestors did to my ancestors is fucked up. This is still making me sick to my stomach as I type in this comment.

  35. This was definitely a tough, but necessary item to read. I just hate how so many crimes were allowed to go unpunished. This is one of the many reasons I never allow anyone to address me as the N-word.

  36. Thank you for this post which truly serves as a reminder of how much we as a people of color take
    so much for granted. I’m thankful for their sacrifice. God bless you Dineva for sharing from your heart.

  37. Girl, this is your best post yet. I love to come to this site for entertainment purposes but I think it’s awesome that you are using your platform for serious issues as well. Good job!

  38. Kudos to you FunkyDineva! These are occurrences that are hidden more as time progresses and it truly leaves a lot of our community misinformed and misguided on how far we have come and how much further we still have to go.

  39. Thank you for sharing this, Dineva. As much as I like being messy and getting the tea, it’s great that you provide your faithful readers some history lessons so that we realize that the privilege we have to go to school, learn and make something of ourselves was forged in a path of blood. I wish more of our young people would know stories such as these and be thankful for the privilege that they have instead of squandering it away.

  40. This makes me sick to my stomach. Black women have endured so much abuse, hatred, and disrespect. I pray their souls are resting in peace. That part about the baby….my God!

  41. Laura Nelson and her son were lynched from a bridge a few miles outside of the all black town of Boley, OK in Okfuskee county not Okluskee. Sad for us as a race of people to be treated like animals

  42. Thank you for posting. So much has been purposefully withheld from the history books because America wants you to forget the terror and the genocide that they inflicted on black america. They want you to forget that they built this country on our backs and have yet to pay the tab, they want you to forget that they lynched and burned and castrated our ancestors for sport and they want you to think they owe us nothing. This country owes us everything and my black ass will never forget.

  43. Thank you for this powerful read. I am going to share this with my daughters this evening. There is so much more to their history than MLK and that’s all the young people seem to relate to.

  44. Seeing this part of our history makes me all the more committed to refrain from usage of certain words and behaviors. I will not sit idly by either. We need to remember these things and teach our youth so that they will develop increased self respect instead of the self hatred that has been jammed down all of our throats.

  45. I’m an african woman living in France. I’ve always been interessed about afro american story. I have to say that I’m mortified by what I read. Those “people” were heartless. I can even explain my feelings about this. But what its the most chocking for me is that today I feel like those people suffered for nothing cuz today what its more important for us is what i’m gonna wear, is my wig look like the beyonce one or stuff like that. As an african , I think we have to do better and learn to our kids OUR history

  46. This is important for us all to read so that we are reminded of what happened to blacks in America. Too many of us have been taught the watered down version of what occurred during slavery. In schools we are not taught the full truth of what happened back then. Seeking this information will be something I do for the rest of my life.

    • This is so true and what I’ve saying all these years after leaving my country and coming to America, they dont teach you the truth….everything is Columbus huh, I thank God for Virgin Island History because all this is what we were taught…and as I got older I surrounded myself with people who knew something, and researched everything…Often times would bring up certain names and peopple my age wouldnt understand who and what I was talking about, just the other day I said to a group of young black man, you guys sit here and fight with one another for what, you need to support each other, Thats that Willie Lynch Syndrome! They all looked at me like what, I told them all go look it up, instead of sitting out here trying batte each other, go look it up! I will not explain here either we’ve got to learn to reseach stuff for ourselves LOL… Its sad what our ppl went through, but they went through so we dont have too an it needed to make us stronger as a race, hopefully we’ll take heed! Time for us to come off the stoop, turn of the TV and get in those BOOOOOOOOKS.

  47. Very informative….It’s unfortunate that those who helped build this country were considered “less than”. Another topic to research to go along with this one would be the word “picnic”. Also, why do our elders hold up one finger while excusing themselves from church or a gathering?
    Picnic: a word shortened for the term “pick a nigger”. The white community would pack food and the family would go to town to either watch black people hang for their “entertainment” OR they would go to enjoy the slave trading. They would spread a blanket and eat while watching whatever was going on.
    Holding up the pointer finger: During an event, a slave would hold up on finger when they had to relieve themselves and wait for their slave master to acknowledge them and nod their approval…

  48. It’s crazy how some of these women in the link were hung for being a republican, related to an accused party, stealing a bible, living with a white man,theft of food,disreputable house, defending family, able to identify mob members and resisting the clan. We are so fortunate to be living in these times, because I know I would have been one of those strange fruits in that damn tree.

  49. Thank you for writing this article. I had to take breaks reading this because it hurt me to my heart that black women were killed in this manner. This is disturbing, but it gives me the motivation that I need to continue to make a difference in this world for my daughter and other black girls/young women.

  50. I´m glad that you posted this and I shared with my friends. It´s important to know our history so that you understand the depths that people will go to. Only a animal could treat another human being like this.

  51. Very good read, thanks for the information. I learned a long time ago that “the man” has found ways to make us kill and take down ourselves they no longer have to do it first hand. Gang banging, imprisonment, break down of the family structure, drugs use, carrrying yourself without self respect etc. Blacks are our own worst enemy. A nation of Chief Keefs and Sharkeishas is the ultimate goal and too many people are all too happy to step in that direction. There are plenty that don’t fall into these fields but we all know several who do and have no desire to change.

  52. Second to hate crimes against black people are those against Sicilians. In New Orleans, where my family immigrated to, we were lynched right along with our black neighbors. To this very day, in heavy Klan areas, it is very uncomfortable to “be sicilian”…
    Thank you for posting this Diveva! I adore you!

  53. I appreciate this side of your blog. What´s clear by the likes and comments is that there is a large population of our people not willing to face the truths of our pasts.

  54. I never comment on your stories. I normally just read and keep it moving but this has touched me beyond words. Thank you so much for sharing. I pray this touches some young woman or man and they change their way of thinking.

  55. Difficult to read, but it needs to be known because a lot of us young and old are so far removed from the American Holocaust which was slavery and the hundreds of years after slavery. Today when racism is out open and okay, we as a people need to understand that history does have a tendency to repeat itself. Right now its political lynching, if we don’t support the right candidates it will once again be physical lynching.

  56. Just the thought of whites taking pictures and sending them as postcards is alarming and disturbing. What got to me was the noted lynching in Newberry, Florida. To be honest never knew this part existed. Being a Floridian this sickens me because to know it hit so close to home is scary. Iam glad I took the time to read this, very hard to read yet informative. Will be spreading this to friends & family.

  57. Reading and learning about lynching has always been a sensitive and sore spot for me. I know the importance of learning my black history, but reading what my sisters and brothers and grandparents went through makes me frustrated and at times ashamed.

    • So true. Many forget that Civil Rights Movement is about the same age as their parents or grand parents. It’s not as if we have had or have for that matter, full citizenship in America. We all need to remember what happened in the past so it is not repeated but keep our eyes peeled to the current and future because slavery for minorities is not over. It’s just functioning in a different capacity.

    • The most current lynching was in Jasper, Texas in 1998. The brother murdered was James Byrd Jr. He was tied to a truck by four white boys and drug until his body was torn apart. In truth our people get lynched daily, they just do it differently now.

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