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Within each category, incidents are listed in chronological order.

Jump down to: Removed from JailSpectacle LynchingsKilled by Posses — Coroners’ Juries — Inaction & Non-response

Victims Removed from Jail or Police Custody

December 28th, 1889 – Mass lynching in Barnwell, SC

June 1st, 1896 – Jesse Slayton and Will Miles

December 20th, 1900 – Henry Lewis

March 19th, 1906 – Ed Johnson

August 4th, 1908 – William Miller

July 30th, 1910 – Unidentified  man near Bonifay, FL

May 25th, 1911 – Laura and L.D. Nelson

January 3rd, 1914 – Dave Lee

January 27th, 1914 – Ben Dickerson

February 16th, 1914 – Johnson McGuire

March 17th, 1914 – Dallas Shields

March 24th, 1914 – Unidentified

March 31st, 1914 – Marie Scott

May 12th, 1914 – Earl (Ed) Hamilton

June 5th, 1914 – Will Robertson

August 1st, 1914 – Crockett Williams

October 25th, 1914 – Howie (Joe) Davis  – also listed as spectacle lynching

November 3rd, 1914 – Tom Burns

November 12th, 1914 – John Evans

January 2nd, 1915 – Ed and Will Smith

January 5th, 1915 – Dock Hartley (disappeared after a warrant was issued for his arrest)

January 14th, 1915 – The Barber family

February 15th, 1915 – Horace (Alexander) Hill

May 3rd, 1915 – Jesse Hatch

June 4th, 1915 – Arthur Bell

June 14th, 1915 – Samuel Stephens

June 15th, 1915 – Roy Haley

August 17th, 1915 – Leo Frank

May 22nd, 1917 – Ell Persons

November 10th & 12th, 1918 – William Byrd and George Whiteside

December 20th, 1918 – Major and Andrew Clarke & Maggie and Alma House

May 31st, 1949 – Caleb Hill, Jr.

Victims of Spectacle Lynching

September 28th, 1902 – Thomas Clark

March 3rd, 1910 – Allen Brooks

January 28th, 1914 – Jim Wilson

October 25th, 1914 – Howie (Joe) Davis

May 15th, 1916 – Jesse Washington

Victims Killed by Posses or Deputized Civilians

May 9th, 1914 – Sylvester Washington

December 3rd, 1914 – Kane McKnight

December 22nd, 1914 – Charles Williams

Coroners’ Juries

Many perpetrators of lynching remain unknown due to the complicity of coroners’ juries, which quickly ruled homicides as having occurred “at the hands of persons unknown” – often without attempting a vigorous investigation.  The following victims may or may not have been killed by police; coroners’ juries failed to investigate and hurried cases through the system.

July 14th, 1914 – James Bailey

Police Inaction and Non-response

February 16th, 1915 – John Richards

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