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Re: Research trip: Halifax County, NC

Thanks Karen.

I've pulled from all the sources you mention and many more to build my list, as well as slogged through miles of old newspapers on microfilm. About a third of the ones on the resulting list for NC were never tallied in any other list, so there are many that have gone undocumented, and I'm sure there are many more not yet discovered (rediscovered?). Nonetheless I was surprised by the Halifax incident, as it was covered by all the major papers in the state, but had been overlooked by all the listmakers. I plan to slog through some more newpapers of this period to see if any more have been missed.

FWIW, I have yet to go a library or museum in any town where a lynching occured and had a local librarian or historian express any doubt that the person lynched was guilty. Most people become very testy if you suggest otherwise, though some are curious and open to new information.

Collective myth tends to become accepted fact as the decades past. I hope to eventually shake up some of these assumptions when I reach the point of publishing the results of this research.

Good luck with your further research, and let us know if you learn any other details on this case (I will do the same),

Neil S.

P.S. If anyone else needs info on any North Carolina lynchings, feel free to email me and I'll be glad to help. Also, if anyone has any information relating to NC lynchings (oral/family history, old correspondence, anything!), I'd love to hear from you.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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