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Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Strom ended South Carolina lynchings?

Whilst the URL is to hand, I note the following graf in a Strom Thurmond obituary:
A month after he took office in 1947, a mob in Greenville lynched a black man accused of robbing and killing a white taxi driver. As governor, Mr. Thurmond brought in a tough prosecutor, but a jury acquitted all 28 white defendants. Mr. Thurmond was widely praised for his efforts, and he said he believed the prosecution would deter lynchings in the future. South Carolina has never had another lynching.

Is that true, I wonder? I'm not disposed to research it, for the moment. But, at the next Strom reflux (the casting of the Strom-Essie Mae TV movie, perhaps?), we'll see.

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