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8 Successful and Aspiring Black Communities Destroyed by White Neighbors – Page 3 of 4 – Atlanta Black Star

Before and after the Knoxville, Tennessee Race  Riots, African American robust communities were destroyed by their neighboring Whites. There is always speculation as to why the African community dispersed across the Diaspora faces progressive challenges. We work but we are envied.

 

Knoxville, Tennessee Race Riots (1919)

In August 1919, a race riot in Knoxville, Tenn., broke out after a white mob mobilized in response to a Black man accused of murdering a white woman. The 5,000-strong mob stormed the county jail searching for the prisoner. They freed 16 white prisoners, including suspected murderers.

After looting the jail and sheriff’s house, the mob moved on and attacked the African-American business district. Many of the city’s Black residents, aware of the race riots that had occurred across the country that summer, had armed themselves, and barricaded the intersection of Vine and Central to defend their businesses.

via 8 Successful and Aspiring Black Communities Destroyed by White Neighbors – Page 3 of 4 – Atlanta Black Star.

The Archaeology of Race, Shame, and Redemption « Archaeology and Material Culture

The ruins of Rosewood, Florida. First published in Literary Digest magazine on January 20, 1923 (image courtesy wikipedia).On New Year’s Day 1923 a crowd of Whites marched on the Black community of Rosewood, Florida seeking retribution for an alleged assault on a White woman by a Rosewood resident.  A group of White men captured an African American, Sam Carter, and shot him and hung his lifeless body, but by January 4th a brewing mob marched on Rosewood, angered by the suggestion Rosewood had provided refuge to Carter. 

via The Archaeology of Race, Shame, and Redemption « Archaeology and Material Culture.