Give Now

Report: At Least 18 Lynchings Took Place In Indiana By 1940

In total, EJI documented more than 4,000 racial terror lynchings in 20 states.

Photo: Equal Justice Initiative & Google

In total, EJI documented more than 4,000 racial terror lynchings in 20 states.

A national nonprofit organization says at least 18 lynchings took place in Indiana between 1880 and 1940, as part of more than 300 lynchings in eight states outside the deep south during that time.

The Equal Justice Initiative released a new report Tuesday outlining the history of racial terror lynchings in the United States.

“Racial terror lynchings were horrific acts of targeted violence against African Americans…by white mobs who murdered black people with no risk of accountability or punishment,” the report says.

The report says it’s likely many more undocumented lynchings took place in Indiana. The 18 documented cases include two cases well-known in Indiana: the lynchings of Bud Rowland, Jim Henderson and John Rolla in 1900 and the lynchings of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in 1930. The latter became the subject of the most iconic photograph of lynching in America.

 

“The legacy of lynching in America is devastating, made worse by our continued silence about this history,” said EJI Executive Director Bryan Stevenson in a statement. “Our collective failure to acknowledge this history has created a contemporary political culture that doesn’t adequately value the victimization of people of color today.”

States adjacent to Indiana had a combined 168 lynchings: 15 in Ohio, 56 in Illinois and 168 in Kentucky.

In total, EJI documented more than 4,000 racial terror lynchings in 20 states between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and 1950.

The Lynching in America project includes audio and video stories and an interactive map with the data for each state.

Want to contact your legislators about an issue that matters to you? Find out how to contact your senators and member of Congress here.

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook