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Each of these victims was once a living human being with feelings, hopes and dreams - but the drama of their murders has overshadowed their lives.
Let us remember that...
Each had talents and pleasures: singing, dancing, telling stories, playing cards or sports, creating beautiful and useful objects.
Each worked hard for a living or had to struggle to find jobs.
Each was part of a family and community: a father or mother, husband or wife, son or daughter, friend or neighbor – loved ones who retrieved the mutilated body and grieved over it.
To find and pay your respects to a victim, click on the state where he or she died. The state link will take you to a list of names. If you know the victim's name but not their place of death, use the search box above.
Unfortunately, we know little about the lives of most of these individuals. ABHM is collecting victims' life stories, like this one of Anthony Crawford and his family.
Please help us to honor their lives by sharing whatever you know about their time on this earth. Include family stories or photos if you can. Forward them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source of most names, places, and dates of death: Ralph Ginzburg, 100 Years of Lynchings, Baltimore: Black Classic Press, 1988, 253-270. Others have been contributed by visitors to this site.