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Jefferson County’s 30 Victims and Their Stories

Students at colleges in the Birmingham area researched lynchings of 30 victims, including facts they found mostly in government documents and press reports, along with some of their impressions of the situations. Here are links to the victims’ stories.

Lewis Houston, Nov. 24, 1883, Linn Park
Unknown, April 22, 1886, Pratt Mines
Monroe Johnson, Sept. 19, 1887, Leeds
Jeff Curry, March 18, 1888, Adger, Blue Creek Mines
Hardy Posey, April 23, 1888, Bessemer, Southern Railway Depot
George Meadows, Jan. 15, 1889, Birmingham, Near Pratt Mines
John Steele, Sept. 27, 1889, Pratt Mines
Tom Redmond, June 17, 1890, Brookside Mines
Henry Smith, Nov. 16, 1890, Hillman Community
Unknown, Nov. 17, 1890, Location Unknown
Robert Mosley, Nov. 4, 1894, Dolomite
James Anderson, Oct. 9, 1896, Toadvine, Near Rocky Creek Bridge
Henry Cyat, Oct. 10, 1896, Toadvine Area
William Wardley, Dec. 7, 1896, Irondale
Jake McKenzie, March 22, 1897, Brookside Mines
James Thomas, July 3, 1897, Blossburg
Unknown, May 11, 1901, Leeds
Charles Bentley, Aug. 2, 1901, Leeds
Jerry Johnson, Sept. 3, 1907, Birmingham
Elijah Nelms, July 29, 1908, Pratt City
William Miller, Aug. 4, 1908, Brighton
Anthony Davis, Aug. 21, 1908, Pratt City
John Thomas, April 25, 1909, Bessemer, Outskirts of Town
John Chandler, Jan. 28, 1912, Bessemer, 3rd Avenue and 19th Street
William Smith, Nov. 1, 1912, Bessemer, 1623 Second Avenue
Wilson Gardner, Aug. 23, 1913, Kilgore
Will McBride, July 12, 1923, Adamsville
Elizabeth Lawrence, July 5, 1933, Birmingham
George Taylor, Aug. 23, 1934, Stockham Park
O.D. Henderson, May 9, 1940, Fairfield