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Saturday, December 20, 2003

Duck Hill strangely absent online

Duck Hill was the site of what seems to have been the last full-dress social event of the year lynching - with an undercard of torture, natch [1] - in April 1937.

Bizarrely, Mr Google produces only a dozen items for "duck hill" mississippi lynching, a number of which I've already linked [2].

There is a page on the history of Carroll County, MS, which includes a paragraph on Duck Hill:
Duck Hill is located 13 miles north of Winona, in what was once the Bogue Creek Wilds. The first house erected there was built by John A. Binford. The wild state of the place and the big game which was once found there are evidenced by the fact that a huge bear killed by Binford near his cabin was made into a rug, which practically covered the floor of his early log cabin home. Duck Hill was settled about 1834, and was originally in Carroll County. The first structures were erected between Bogue Creek and the foot of a hill known as Duck Hill. Tradition says that the hill was named for a Native American Choctaw who called himself Chief Duck, and lived on top of the hill. It was near this hill that a notorious bandit of the area, Rube Burrows, once killed the engineer and robbed the express car of the fast Illinois Central Express. In 1937, a double-lynching occurred nearby, which was given significant publicity, only because the Gavagan Anti-Lynching Bill was under consideration in the U. S. Congress. James R. Binford, son of the founder of Duck Hill, was the legislator and statesman who gave Mississippi the Jim Crow Law [3], which was later adopted by the Southern States. The Lloyd T. Binford High School at Duck Hill was named for one of the most progressive and honored citizens the town of Duck Hill has ever known.

The conniptions of the Strom-Essie Mae anachronists at the suggestion that the 1937 lynchings were
given significant publicity, only because the Gavagan Anti-Lynching Bill was under consideration in the U. S. Congress.
may be wondered at!

Not to mention the consternation that the only begetter of
the Jim Crow law
should be characterised as a

James R Binford served in the Fifteenth Mississippi Regiment, and, in 1864,
Lieut.-Col. Binford took command of the regiment.

For once, the Political Graveyard comes up empty - no political Binfords noted at all! (Binford's political career isn't noted anywhere else online, that I can see.)

Did the family later move to Detroit, I wonder...

  1. My December 2 piece discusses this iconic event, with links.

  2. This page has a deal of lynching material - lists of lynchees, for instance - the last time I looked, the Tuskegee Institute list (from 1882 onwards, from memory), which is a common reference - though it did not include the 1921 Tulsa Riots deaths (again, from memory) - was not online.

  3. Which?

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