Baton Rouge Bus Boycott (1953)

Image Ownership: Public domain The Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Bus Boycott in 1953 was the first large-scale boycott of a southern segregated bus system. It inspired the Montgomery Bus Boycott that took place two years later. The boycott, however, remains controversial because many supporters felt its … Read MoreBaton Rouge Bus Boycott (1953)

The Slave Revolt in the Cherokee Nation (1842)

Map of the 1842 Cherokee Slave Revolt Image Ownership: Public domain The Slave Revolt in the Cherokee Nation occurred in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) when a group of 25 black slaves, mostly from the Joseph Vann plantation, attempted to escape to Mexico where slavery was abolished. The revolt began on … Read MoreThe Slave Revolt in the Cherokee Nation (1842)

Grand Rapids Uprising (1967)

Grand Rapids Uprising, 1967 Image Ownership: Public domain The 1967 Grand Rapids Uprising occurred on July 25, 1967 in a predominantly black and impoverished neighborhood in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The uprising came only days after the much larger uprising in Detroit, Michigan but a post-riot official report titled … Read MoreGrand Rapids Uprising (1967)

The Clinton, Mississippi Riot (1875)

The Clinton Riot Historic Marker Image Ownership: Public domain The Clinton Riot began on September 4, 1875, in the small town of Clinton, Mississippi at a Republican rally to introduce the party’s candidates who were running for political office in the upcoming November elections.  The immediate death toll included five blacks … Read MoreThe Clinton, Mississippi Riot (1875)

The Carroll County Courthouse Massacre (1886)

The Carroll County Courthouse, ca. 1886 Image Ownership: Public domain The Carroll County Courthouse Massacre occurred on March 17, 1886 in Carrollton, the county seat of Carroll County, Mississippi.  An incident from earlier in the year led to the bloodshed in March that left twenty-three people dead. The … Read MoreThe Carroll County Courthouse Massacre (1886)

The Meridian Race Riot (1871)

Newspaper Account of the Meridian Riot Image Ownership: Public domain The Meridian Race Riot occurred over three days in March 1871 in Meridian, Mississippi.  It resulted in the murders of a white Republican judge and nearly thirty blacks by a mob of vigilante whites led by the Ku Klux Klan. … Read MoreThe Meridian Race Riot (1871)

Cambridge, Maryland Riot (1963)

Gloria Richardson Confronted by Maryland National Guardsmen During 1963 Cambridge Protests Image Ownership: Public domain The 1963 Cambridge Riot was the result of racial tensions between African American and white residents in the town of Cambridge, Maryland. After a year of demonstrations led by Baltimore’s Civic Interest Group … Read MoreCambridge, Maryland Riot (1963)