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Black Man Lynched in Alabama for Failing to Call a White Man “Mr.” | EJI, Equal Justice Initiative

Black Man Lynched in Alabama for Failing to Call a White Man “Mr.” | EJI, Equal Justice Initiative

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By EJI Staff, EJI, Equal Justice Initiative

On June 21, 1940, a twenty-six-year-old black man named Jesse Thornton referred to a passing police officer by his name: Doris Rhodes. When the officer, a white man, overheard Mr. Thornton and ordered him to clarify his statement, Thornton attempted to correct himself by referring to the officer as “Mr. Doris Rhodes.” Unsatisfied, the officer hurled a racial slur at Mr. Thornton while knocking him to the ground, then arrested him and took him into the city jail as a mob of white men formed just outside.

Featured Image, Photo of public lynching of Henry Smith in Paris, Texas in 1893. Not stated / Public domain
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