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)

Detroit Race Riot (1863)

The Detroit Race Riot, 1863 Image Ownership: Public domain On March 6, 1863, a white mob attacked Detroit, Michigan’s black population in the city’s first race riot. The event demonstrated racism among whites in the North and the tension between races, which would lead to the deadly … Read MoreDetroit Race Riot (1863)

The Central Park Five (1989)

Image Ownership: Public domain The Central Park Five was a group of five juvenile males, four African Americans, Yusef Salaam, 16, Anthony McCray, 16, Kharey Wise, 18, and Kevin Richardson, 16, and one Hispanic, Raymond Santana, 15, all from the New York City, New York neighborhood of … Read MoreThe Central Park Five (1989)

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)

Pulaski Race Riot, 1868

Founding the Ku Klux Klan in Pulaski, Tennessee, 1866 Image Ownership: Public domain The Pulaski Race Riot occurred in Pulaski, Tennessee on January 7, 1868, when local whites shot, and killed or wounded, six African American men.  The origin of the riot was a conflict that began with two men … Read MorePulaski Race Riot, 1868

The Oscar Grant (Oakland) Protests, 2009-2011

Oscar Grant Protests, Oakland, California, January 15, 2009 Image Ownership: Public domain The shooting on New Year’s of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old black man from Oakland, California, sparked major protests against excessive deadly force used by the police.  These protests began less than a week after Grant had been … Read MoreThe Oscar Grant (Oakland) Protests, 2009-2011

Hunter’s Point, San Francisco Uprising (1966)

Women Flee the Hunter’s Point Riot Area, 1966 Image Ownership: Public domain The Hunter’s Point Uprising in 1966 began September 27 and lasted for three days.  At that time, it was the largest riot in San Francisco, California since the anti-Chinese riots almost 90 years earlier.  The uprising began when police … Read MoreHunter’s Point, San Francisco Uprising (1966)

1966 Chicago, Illinois Uprising (1966)

Temporary Swimming Pool Installed on Chicago’s West Side in the Aftermath of the Chicago Uprising Image Ownership: Public domain The 1966 Chicago, Illinois uprising, also known as the West Side Riot, began on July 12 after police and African American youth clashed over the youth opening fire … Read More1966 Chicago, Illinois Uprising (1966)

Elizabeth, New Jersey Uprising (1964)

Two Elizabeth Policemen Arrest a Black Teenager During the Elizabeth Riot, August 12, 1964 Image Ownership: Public domain The 1964 Elizabeth, New Jersey uprising lasted from August 11 to 13.  The three-day uprising occurred simultaneously with a separate clash in nearby Paterson, New Jersey and both, according to the … Read MoreElizabeth, New Jersey Uprising (1964)