Fifty years after Martin Luther King’s assassination in Memphis, Martha Park gives examples of lynchings of African Americans in that city at the end of the nineteenth century, illustrating how “[b]eing too rich or too poor could have fatal consequences for African-Americans.” Some of the victims were friends of Ida B. Wells, anti-lynching crusader, who wrote about the crimes. Warning: Article includes graphic details of lynchings. To read the article, click here.
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