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…

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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

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Episode 7: Christmas Lynchings

Black Americans weren’t spared lynching on Christmas Day during the lynching era.

Featured in this episode are the stories of three lynchings

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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.

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June 30, 1944 letter from NAACP Florida lawyer Harry Moore to NAACP’s Thurgood Marshall. Letter addresses grand jury refusing to indict killers of 15 year old James Howard

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.

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Harry and Harriette Moore with daughters Evangeline and Annie

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.

More about this episode
60 Years Later, a Cry for Justice in Florida Killing by Audra D.S. Burch, McClatchy-Tribune

The Legacy of Harry T. Moore, PBS.org

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

Learn more here