Lynching of Julia and Frazier Baker (1898)

Frazier Baker, a schoolteacher and married father of six, was appointed the first African American postmaster of Lake City, South Carolina, in July 1897 by President William McKinley. Baker and his wife Lavinia were born in Effingham, South Carolina, a mostly black area, where he had previously served … Read MoreLynching of Julia and Frazier Baker (1898)

Ole Miss Riot (1962)

Soldiers Stationed in Oxford, Mississippi After the Ole Miss Riot Image Ownership: Russell H. Barrett Collection, University of Mississippi On the evening of Sunday, September 30, 1962, Southern segregationistsrioted and fought state and federal forces on the campus of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in Oxford, Mississippi to … Read MoreOle Miss Riot (1962)

University of Georgia Desegregation Riot (1961)

Charlayne Hunter After Her Suspension From the University of Georgia, January 1961 Image Ownership: Public domain On January 9, 1961 two black students, Hamilton Holmes and Charlayne Hunter, entered the University of Georgia campus to register for classes. Their registration was the end of a long court battle to integrate the … Read MoreUniversity of Georgia Desegregation Riot (1961)

Langston Hughes’ Visit to the Soviet Union (1932-1933)

In June of 1932, poet Langston Hughes, political activist Louise Thompson, and 22 other African American artists, filmmakers, and actors, traveled to the Soviet Union (USSR) to create a film about African American life in the American south. The film, aptly titled Black and White, was to focus on the many examples of racial discrimination … Read MoreLangston Hughes’ Visit to the Soviet Union (1932-1933)

Hartford, Connecticut Riot (1969)

Barbour Street, Hartford, June 1969 Image Ownership: Public domain Hartford, Connecticut in the late 1960’s was a city immersed in racial unrest, class disputes, and activism. The city was a dichotomy between the ghetto, predominantly black or Puerto Rican and impoverished, in the North End and the South End, white and … Read MoreHartford, Connecticut Riot (1969)

Cincinnati Race Riots (1836)

Image Ownership: Public domain Fewer than half of Cincinnati, Ohio’s Black population remained in the city after the 1829 white riots. Most had left. Many of the 1,100 who stayed were unusually poor, unable to finance emigration to safer places such as surrounding towns, farther west, or … Read MoreCincinnati Race Riots (1836)

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)