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Lynching in Mississippi

Lynching is a horrific part of the history of racial terror in the United States. Lynching often targeted black men accused of fraternizing with white women, but it also targeted black women and children and sometimes people of other races who were thought to be associated with black people or movements for black freedom. Lynching involved small groups or large mobs of white people who subverted the legal process for black people accused or suspected of actual crimes or of transgressions of the white supremacist social order, such as interracial relationships or economic or political power.

Hundreds of documented lynchings occurred throughout the state of Mississippi.

Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) has an extensive website on the history of lynching in the US, including 654 that occurred in Mississippi: https://lynchinginamerica.eji.org/

EJI has a lesson plan for high school teachers and students: https://lynchinginamerica.eji.org/report-landing

A key figure in the anti-lynching movement was Mississippi native Ida B. Wells. The Ida B. Wells-Barnett Museum is located in Holly Springs: http://idabwellsmuseum.org/