Man lynched after argument over price of seeds

October 21, 1916 Abbeville, South Carolina Anthony Crawford is lynched following an argument with a shopkeeper over the price of seeds Crawford had visited the shop of W. D. Barksdale to sell some cotton seeds, the price of which was typically 90 cents per bushel, though Barksdale offered Crawford 85 cents a bushel instead. Crawford…

Innocent man lynched for the murder of a young teen

August 17, 1915 Marietta, Georgia Convicted murderer and rapist Leo Frank is forcibly removed from his cell and lynched 13-year-old Mary Phagan had left school at the age of 10 to work in factories to help support her widowed mother and five siblings. She earned an income of $0.10 an hour, working 55 hours a…

Man lynched, anti-union threats left with body

August 1, 1917 Butte, Montana Unionist Frank Little is lynched Little was abducted by six masked men around 3 in the morning. While still only clad in his underwear, the men shoved him into a car and sped off. After a short drive, they tied him to the car’s bumper and dragged him over granite…

Mother and teenaged son lynched before their trial

May 25, 1911 Okema, Oklahoma Laura Nelson and her 16-year-old son are lynched, their bodies left hanging from a bridge The Nelsons were charged with the May 2 killing of a deputy sheriff who had visited their farm looking for a stolen cow. According to the report, Laura was the first to grab the gun…