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1901 Pierce City, Missouri Negro lynchings...



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August 20, 1901

THE EVENING TRIBUNE, San Diego, Aug. 20, 1901

* Pierce City, Missouri
* Negroes lynchings
* Race riots - war


The top of the front page has a one column heading: "RACE RIOT IS RAGING" with subheads. (see) Surprisingly this issue is in good condition being from the "wood pulp" era. Very hard to find issues that are not totally fragile from this era in paper.
Complete with 8 pages, small library stamps within the masthead, a few small binding holes along the spine, generally very nice.

wikipedia notes: On August 19, 1901 a large white mob took three African-American men from jail in Pierce City and lynched them. French and William Godley, and Peter Hampton were suspects in the murder of a young white woman. Two of the men were quite aged and were unlikely suspects; none had a chance at a trial. These are the only recorded lynchings in Lawrence County.
Unrest continued, and the white mob burned five black homes, and drove "30 families into the woods", affecting the roughly 300 black residents in the town. (It had about 1,000 white residents.) Most of the African Americans lost all their land and property; whites simply took over the empty properties.


Category: The 20th Century