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…
Black Americans weren’t spared lynching on Christmas Day during the lynching era.
Featured in this episode are the stories of three lynchings
December 25, 1901 Prairie Blossom Community, Lamar County, Texas
Reverend J N McClinton, a farmer and popular preacher, was inside on Christmas night when he heard men outside of his home, shouting for him to come outside. The pastor assumed it was a group of Christmas frolikers having some fun and joking around. He ignored their calls. Later that night, they would return.
December 25, 1906 Scooba, Kemper County, Mississippi December of 1906 was a particularly violent month in Kemper County, Mississippi. What’s been referred to as riots, was a series of lynchings that resulted in the death of between 12 – 15 men. The lynching of Colvin Nicholson became known as one of the most violent in Mississippi since Reconstruction.
December 1943 Live Oak, Suwannee County, Florida 15 year old Willie James Howard was known to his friends and family as “jolly” and “lovable.” He sent Christmas cards to all of his co workers at the local five and dime store, including a white co-worker he had a crush on. The girl, Cynthia Goff, was offended by the card and Willie James mentioning he had a crush on her.
Cynthia did what Willie James never imagined she would do…she showed the card to her father who became enraged and set out to find Willie James.