07 August 2006

Anatomy of lynching

James R. McGovern, Anatomy of a Lynching: The Killing of Claude Neal (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1982). One of the most notoriously brutal lynchings occurred on August 27, 1934. A northwest Florida lynch mob seized Neal from an Alabama jail in Jackson County. Claude Neal was a Black laborer “accused” of raping and murdering the daughter of his white employer. Mob participants recall that Neal was made to eat his own testicles and penis and then he was forced to say that he liked eating them.

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