TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Brittany Sims on Feb 11, 2015

A report released yesterday by the Equal Justice Initiative has found 3,959 people were victims of "racial terror lynchings" in the South between 1877-1950. The report focused on the 12 most-active "lynching states" in America: Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. Of the 12 states studied, Tennessee is eighth on the list in terms of total victims. Not only were racial terror lynching totals found to be higher than previously thought, many victims were murdered without being accused of any crime, Fox 17 reports.