Racial Terror Lynchings
Lynchings were violent, public executions orchestrated by white mobs to regain and retain political, economic and social superiority. Between 1877-1950, over 4,000 lynchings occurred in the United States. These acts of violence were characterized by white impunity & disregard for the legal system and inflicted great fear and trauma in the entire black community.
Of the 361 documented racial terror lynchings in Alabama, 4 occurred in Lee County.
"Those who commit the murders write the reports" - Ida B. Wells
To learn about the four lynchings, we relied heavily on newspaper records - pulled from Alabama Archieves, Newspapers.com and microfilm at the Lewis Cooper Jr. Library in Opelika, AL and Auburn University.