Sam Houston State University Professor Provides Historical Respective on Approved Anti-Lynching Act

By: Emily Schulze
| Published 02/27/2020


HUNTSVILLE, TX - The House’s historic vote this week on legislation making lynching a federal crime, is a move long overdue in a nation stained with a history of the violent practice.

Dr. Jeffrey Littlejohn, professor of history at Sam Houston State University, is shedding light on the topic through his digital project, lynching in Texas that aims to document every recorded lynching that occurred in Texas between 1882 and 1942.

Currently, the database includes more than 600 lynchings that were catalogued by the “Chicago Tribune” from 1882-1888 and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People between 1889-1942.

Texas is currently ranked third in the nation for lynching crimes (behind Georgia and Mississippi) and according to Littlejohn, the database will prove that Texas is actually the number one offender.

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