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January 28, 2019  

Episode 9 Shubuta Hanging Bridge

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Six documented lynchings were carried out on a bridge in Shubuta, Mississippi. Four in 1918 and two in 1942. Known as the Hanging Bridge, it still stands as a haunting reminder of racial terror

The complete show notes for this episode, along with photos of the Hanging Bridge can be viewed at colorlinemurders.com

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Learn more about Elmore Bolling and his life
The Bolling Foundation
Penalty for Success by Josphine Bolling McCall
 
Music
Performed by Ross Gentry. Courtesy of Headway Recordings in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more here
January 14, 2019  

Episode 8 Elmore Bolling Lowndes County Alabama

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Elmore Bolling was a successful black businessman in Lowndes County, Alabama. He ran an inclusive business in the Jim Crow South and was known for his philanthropy. His success angered a group of white men who murdered Bolling in 1947

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Learn more about Elmore Bolling and his life
The Bolling Foundation
Penalty for Success by Josphine Bolling McCall
 
Music
Performed by Ross Gentry. Courtesy of Headway Recordings in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more here
December 10, 2018  

Episode 7 Christmas Lynchings

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Black Americans weren’t spared lynching on Christmas Day during the lynching era. Featured are the stories of Rev J.N. McClinton of Prairie Blossom, Texas; Colvin Nicholson of Scooba, Mississippi and Willie James Howard of Live Oak, Florida

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More about this episode

60 Years Later, a Cry for Justice in Florida Killing by Audra D.S. Burch, McClatchy-Tribune

The Legacy of Harry T. Moore, PBS.org

Music
Performed by Ross Gentry. Courtesy of Headway Recordings in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more here

November 12, 2018  

Episode 6 1906 Lyerly Murders and Salisbury Lynching in Rowan County, North Carolina

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In the summer of 1906, five members of a prominent white farming family, were murdered in Salisbury, North Carolina. With no evidence, only an accusation, six black sharecroppers were accused of the murders. Within the next month, three more innocent lives would be taken in Rowan County.

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More about this episode  
Read more about the lynching in "A Game Called Salisbury" by Susan Barringer Wells

Read about the theory of who may have killed the Lyerly Family in  "The Man From the Train" by Bill James and Rachel McCarthy James

Text of Reconciliation Resolution proposed by Salisbury Mayor Al Heggens

WSOC TV Interview with Mayor Al Heggens "Mayor wants to pass resolution apologizing for 1906 lynchings" by Tina Terry

Music
Performed by Ross Gentry. Courtesy of Headway Recordings in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more here

October 22, 2018  

Episode 5 Elwood Higginbotham Lafayette County, Mississippi

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In September of 1935, black sharecropper and union leader, Elwood Higginbotham stood trial for murder in Oxford, Mississippi. The murder of his white neighbor had been a case of self-defense. As a jury deliberated his fate, a white mob stormed the courthouse and kidnapped Elwood Higginbotham.

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More about Elwood Higginbotham and efforts to memorialize him

Read Kyleen Burke's research about the life and death of Elwood Higginbotham. Uncovering the Story of the Hero of the Sharecroppers

A Lynching's Long Shadow by Vanessa Gregory, professor and writer in Oxford, Mississippi

Family of Elwood Higginbotham visit site of lynching Oxford Citizen's coverage of the Higginbotham family visit to Oxford, Mississippi

Elwood Higginbotham Marker Unveiling Event in Oxford, Mississippi

Music
Performed by Ross Gentry. Courtesy of Headway Recordings in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more here

October 8, 2018  

Episode 4: Frazier and Julia Baker - Florence County, South Carolina

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In 1897, Frazier Baker,  became the first African American postmaster of Lake City, South Carolina. The circumstances of his lynching in 1898 shocked many in the country and galvanized the anti-lynching movement to seek federal intervention

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More about Frazier and Julia Baker lynching and aftermath

Collection of newspaper articles chronicling lynching of Frazier Baker and articles that covered the Federal trial. Also includes articles about Lavinia Baker's move to Boston after the lynching

This Cruel War - Investigation into Lynching Series: Frazier Baker

Media coverage of Frazier Baker historical marker dedication ceremony, with text from speech by Dr. Chestnut

Music
Performed by Ross Gentry. Courtesy of Headway Recordings in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more here

October 8, 2018  

Episode 3: Rubin Stacy - Broward County, Florida

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In July of 1935 Rubin Stacy was accused of attacking a white woman. A white mob, that included the local sheriff, lynched Stacy. A photo of the lynching was so disturbing that the NAACP used it in a campaign to call for anti-lynching legislation.

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More about this episode
The Day They Lynched Reuben Stacey by Bryan Brooks July 17, 1988 | Includes first hand accounts from witness and participant in lynching

Memorial recalls a Broward mob killing that became a macabre public festival by Fred Grimm May 3, 1018

Racist, Corrupt – and Sheriff by John Dolen. December 1, 2017

Woodlawn Connection: Rubin Stacy By Chelsea Blackmon (Rubin’s great-great niece)

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Performed by Ross Gentry. Courtesy of Headway Recordings in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more here

October 8, 2018  

Episode 2: Mary Turner - Brooks County, Georgia

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In May of 1918, a white farmer was murdered in Brooks County, Georgia. Within a week of his death, 11 African Americans would be lynched, including Mary Turner, who called for the arrest of the men who lynched her husband

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More about Mary Turner and the Lynching Rampage of 1918
Learn more about the Mary Turner Project The organization is always looking for more people to get involved in their work for racial justice and reconciliation

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Performed by Ross Gentry. Courtesy of Headway Recordings in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more here

October 8, 2018  

Episode 1: History of Lynching in America

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Before you hear stories of victims of color line murders, it's important to understand the  history of lynching in America and how lynching became an acceptable act of racial terror in the American South.

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Learn more about the history of lynching
Read the report "Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror", by the staff of the Equal Justice Initiative

Music
Performed by Ross Gentry. Courtesy of Headway Recordings in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more here

September 9, 2018  

Why a podcast about lynching victims?

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The answer to the question I've been asked over and over: "Why are you launching a podcast about lynching victims?"