Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Charles Allie Thompson, November 25, 1918

Charles Allie Thompson was barely 18 when he was automatically arrested and charged with the rape of a local woman named Leila Sisk in Culpepper, Virginia. A lynch mob seized him from his cell and hung him on an oak tree watching and joking as he writhed in pain and agony until he was dead. (Update: Journalist Zann Nelson and the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (CRRJ) are working to clear his name.)

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