Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Lynchings in Florida, 1881-1935

In 1911, the New York Times printed this racist apologia by Gov. Emmet O'Neal of Alabama. The NYT had taken an interest in lynching previously, as in these 1895 editorials here and here. This blog article therefore links primarily to NYT articles that reported lynching. The table below contains links to articles concerning 36 lynchings that took place in Florida between 1881 and 1935:

Key: B = black, W = white, m = male, f = female, bs = bullets shot into victim’s body, bb = body burned, bm = body mutilated, n/a = details not available, Ita = Italians, fb = foreign-born white

Year

Place

City/County

Victims

Perps

Atrocities

1881

Volusia County

Volusia Co.

2 ?

n/a

n/a

1882

Madison

Madison

2 Bm

100 persons

n/a

1891

Live Oak

Suwannee

2 Bm

100 Wm mob

bs

1895

Newnansville

Alachua

1 Bm

n/a

bs

1897

Orange Dale

St Augustine

1 Bm

Wm “Posse”

n/a

1899

Dunnellon

Ocala

2 Bm

“Posse” Bm

n/a

1901

Hastings

St Johns Co

2 Bm

Wm

n/a

1903

Lake Butler

Bradford Co.

1 Bm

Bm Mob

bm

1904

Perry

Taylor County

1 Bm

100 Wm

n/a

1906

Fort Gardner

Polk

2 Bm

200 Wm

bs

1908

Newberry

Gainesville

1 ?

200 ?

n/a

1909

Camden

Jacksonville

1 Bm

Wm “mob”

n/a

1909

Tallahassee

Tallahassee

1 Bm

15 Wm

bs

1909

Bartow

Polk

1 Bm

Wm Posse

bs?

1909

Lakeland

Gainesville

1 Bm

25 Wm Posse

bs

1909

Pensacola

Pensacola

1 Bm

25 Wm

bs

1910

Bonifay

Holmes Co

2 Bm

Wm

n/a

1910

Tampa

Tampa

2 Wm (Ita)

n/a

n/a

1911

Lake City

Columbia Co.

6 Bm

Wm Tallahassee

bs

1913

Yellow River

Clay Co

1 Bm

Wm Posse

bm

1914

St Petersburg

Pinellas Co.

1 Bm

1500 Wm Wf

n/a

1915

Sparr

Marion Co.

1 Bm

Wm Mob

n/a

1916

Newberry

Gainesville

3 Bm, 2 Bf

200 Wm

n/a

1920

Ocoee

Orange

4+ Bm

Ethnic Cleansed

n/a

1920

MacClenny

Baker Co

3 Bm

Wm

n/a

1921

Starke

Bradford Co.

1 Bm

Wm

n/a

1922

Lake Jennie Jewel

Orlando

1 Bm

Wm Mob

n/a

1922

Mayo

Lafayette

1 Bm

Wm Mob

bs

1924

Fort Myers

Lee County

2 Bm

Wm Mob

bs

1925

Longwood

Seminole Co.

1 Bm

Wm mob

bs

1926

Labelle

Hendry Co.

1 Bm

Wm

n/a

1930

Plant City

Hillsborough Co

1 Wm

Wm fb

n/a

1931

Blountstown

Calhoun Co.

2 Bm

Wm

n/a

1934

Tampa

Tampa

1 Bm

Wm

n/a

1934

Marianna

Jackson

1 Bm

Wm

n/a

1935

Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale

1 Bm

100 Wm

n/a


see also Rosewood

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