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Re: Research trip: Halifax County, NC

Thanks, Neil for your response concerning the 1903 Halifax lynching. I appreciate the words of wisdom and am glad you're doing the research on this ugly but important issue. It's interesting to me that you weren't aware of this case..I noticed that in a major book on lynchings thoroughout the US it wasn't included (can't recall the name of the book!); nor did I find it on an internet site that dealt with the history of lynching. I suppose if there weren't the family oral hx and news articles - it would be swept under the rug. I also found it interesting that the librarian that shared the information with me also seemed to "accept as fact" that the accused was guilty. Even more than 100 years later, with all the history and information available to those in her position - I guess issues of culture and race still rule over facts. (sigh) At any rate, since I wrote that posting, I've found out from a relative (age 93 at the time) that the man who was lynched was my paternal grandfather's uncle. My uncle who shared this with me was told the story by his mother as a child but was unwilling to pass it on. After many interviews, he finally did but it was still painful to him and he was very reluctant to disobey his mother's admonition not to speak of it. Please keep me posted if you find out any additional information. I'd very much appreciate it.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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