Many people are aware of the horrific treatment black men experienced during the reconstruction and up throughout Jim Crow. Many black men were lynched and killed for various reasons, one of the most ‘popular’ reasons that white supremacist used was alleged rape of a white woman by a black man. The song “strange fruit,” was even based off of this barbaric practice of lynching. Many times, the accusations of rape were apocryphal. Many people do not know , however, that there were black women who were lynched as well. There are horrifying stories of black women being mistreated, beaten, raped and in some cases lynched. The reasons for the lynching could be anything, even something as silly as “being a republican” and “stealing a bible.” One of the most horrific cases I read about was that of Mary Turner, a pregnant black woman who was lynched in 1918.
Here is a cross post that details the lynching of black women.