Racial Terror Lynchings

1877-1950

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. 

Click on the links below to see our research on each case

Equal Justice Initiative

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Monroe Works

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Tuskeegee University

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