Episode 8: Elmore Bolling Lowndes County, Alabama

Just off Hwy 80, near Lownesboro, Alabama, is a marker situated in the center of a small gated area. Elmore Bolling’s name is inscribed on the marker. He was a successful black businessman who ran an inclusive business in the Jim Crow South and was known for his philanthropy. In 1947, Elmore was murdered by a group of white men who were angry about Elmore’s success.

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Learn more about Elmore Bolling and his life
The Bolling Foundation
Penalty for Success by Josphine Bolling McCall

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

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Elmore Bolling memorial marker at lynching site in Lowndes County, Alabama
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Josephine Bolling McCall holds a photo of her father, Elmore (Photo: Jay Reeves / AP)
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Episode 1: History of Lynching in America

Before you hear stories of victims of color line murders, it’s important to understand the  history of lynching in America and how lynching became an acceptable act of racial terror in the American South.


White men and boys pose with the body of Lige Daniels after he was lynched  | August 3, 1920, in Center, Texas.  Equal Justice Initiative

Learn more about the history of lynching
Read the report “Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror”, by the staff of the Equal Justice Initiative

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