LYNCH MOBS BRING SHAME TO TWO TEXAS TOWNS

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by Bartee Haile

The Mar. 3, 1910 trial of Allen Brooks, a black man in his sixties charged with molesting a three year old white girl, was interrupted by a Dallas lynch mob hellbent on dispensing its own barbaric brand of justice. According to the Handbook of Texas, the last word on all  things Texan, there were 492 lynchings in Texas between 1862 and1930. Most were carried out in the dead of night far from prying eyes, but more than a few illegal “executions” took place in broad daylight before thousands of spectators.

 

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