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Episode 9 Hanging Bridge Shubuta, Mississppi

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

The Color Line Murders is a limited series. Episodes are available to download and stream on Soundcloud and at colorlinemurders.com

Roadblock near the Hanging Bridge (Photo: Lance Warren)

Learn more about the Hanging Bridge
Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence and America’s Civil Rights Century. Jason Morgan Ward’s book is an important read not only in understanding and learning more about the history of Shubuta bridge but the bigger picture of civil rights and race in the 20th century.

Episode Sources
Ferranti, Seth (2016, April 17). This Bridge in Mississippi Has Hosted Decades of Racial Violence
Hall, Stephen (2016, November 14). Racial Violence and America’s Civil Rights Century: An Interview with Jason Morgan Ward

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

One reply on “Episode 9 Hanging Bridge Shubuta, Mississppi”

[…] The Color Line Murders, Episode 9: Shubuta Hanging Bridge *First appearance on Delicious Ingredients* (1/27/19): What it’s about: “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.” Why it’s great: I’ve listened to all nine episodes of The Color Line Murders, which is a history of hangings in the U.S. south. This episode stood out to me because of the reflection about how other places where people have been hanged, there’s no monument to commemorate the spot, which is perhaps on purpose, but in Shubuta the bridge where people were terrifyingly thrown off remains. (History, Race, True Crime) […]

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