|The Bloody Red River Valley
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|The 1893 lynching of Henry Smith was the beginning of what scholars call "Spectacle Lynching" - a vigilante execution where the lynchers are
known by name, and in which the lynching is attended and condoned by thousands of spectators, city leaders, and private industry. (LOC)
|Between 1866 and 1930, the New South along the Red River witnessed a record number of racist
brutalizations against African Americans by white supremacists.
|Not all of the incredible violence in the Red River Valley perpetrated against African Americans was
documented; often, these acts were so commonplace as to avoid much mention in the newspapers of the day.
This website will continue to collect the histories of these acts because historians have the obligation to remind
citizens to remember.