How many black Americans were lynched in the American South between 1877 and 1950?
The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), which is based in Montgomery Alabama, reports that 326 black Americans were lynched in Alabama during that 73 year period. Jefferson county, in which Birmingham is located, led the way with 29 lynchings. Jefferson County is the most heavily populated county in Alabama and Birmingham has the largest population in the state. According to the 2010 census, the population of Birmingham was 658,466.
ELI reports that,
This was not “frontier justice” carried out by a few marginalized vigilantes or extremists. Instead, many African Americans who were never accused of any crime were tortured and murdered in front of picnicking spectators (including elected officials and prominent citizens) for bumping into a white person, or wearing their military uniforms after World War I, or not using the appropriate title when addressing a white person.
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