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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
An era of terror: Montgomery family remembers father’s lynching, legacy by Melissa Brown

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)