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Marion, Indiana Negro lynchings...



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August 8, 1930

THE NEW YORK TIMES, August 8, 1930

* Marion, Indiana
* Negroes lynchings
* Grant County Jail


Near the bottom of the front page is a two column heading announcing: "Indiana Mob of 10,000 Lynches Two Negroes; Beats Wrong Man as Third Alleged Killer" (see) Always nice to have notable events in history reported in this World famous publication.
Other news, sports and advertisements. Complete in 36 pages, this is the rare rag edition that was produced on very high quality newsprint, with a high percentage of cotton & linen content, allowing the issues to remain very white & sturdy into the present. Given the subscription cost, libraries & institutions rather than individuals were the primary subscribers of these high-quality editions. A few binding slits along the spine, very nice condition.

wikipedia notes: A lynching occurred in Marion on August 7, 1930. A large mob estimated at 2,000 gathered at the city jail where three young black men were held on charges of killing a white man and raping his girlfriend. Before they could be tried, the three, Thomas Shipp, Abram Smith and James Cameron, were dragged from the jail and severely beaten. Shipp and Smith were hanged, but Cameron was released when an unidentified man claimed that he had nothing to do with the crimes. In 1931 he was convicted as an accessory to murder and served four years before being paroled. The event in Marion was notable as the last confirmed lynching of blacks in the Northern United States.

Category: The 20th Century

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