Home > Back to Search Results > Maryville, Missouri Negro lynching...
Click image to enlarge 621023
Show image list »

Maryville, Missouri Negro lynching...

Item # 621023

January 12, 1931

FITCHBURG SENTINEL, Massachusetts, January 12, 1931 

* Raymond Gunn lynching 
* Maryville MO Missouri
* Burned atop a schoolhouse 

The front page has one column headings: "Mob Burns Negro To Death On School Roof" "Building Made Funeral Pyre; Victim Chained To Prevent His Escape" and more. (see) Early, same day 1st report coverage on the lynching of Negro Raymond Gunn in Maryville, Missouri.
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 12 pages, minor spine wear, nice condition.

wikipedia notes: In 1931, a notorious lynching occurred in Maryville when a mob burned alive African American Raymond Gunn, who had confessed to killing and attempting to rape a 20 year-old white school teacher. The lynching attracted national attention and was frequently invoked in the unsuccessful campaign to pass the Wagner-Costigan Bill, which would have made it a federal crime for law enforcement officials to refuse to try to prevent a lynching.

Category: The 20th Century