The Color Line Murders

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October 22, 2018  

Episode 5 Elwood Higginbotham Lafayette County, Mississippi

October 22, 2018

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.


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

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