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Book talk by William B. Gravely: THEY STOLE HIM OUT OF JAIL
Will Gravely, author of THEY STOLE HIM OUT OF JAIL: Willie Earle, South Carolina’s Last Lynching Victim, will talk about the 1947 lynching at the Justice For All Civil Rights Exhibit.
Before daybreak on February 17, 1947, twenty-four-year-old Willie Earle, an African American man arrested for the murder of a Greenville, South Carolina, taxi driver named T. W. Brown, was abducted from his jail cell by a mob, and then beaten, stabbed, and shot to death. An investigation produced thirty-one suspects, most of them cabbies seeking revenge for one of their own. The police and FBI obtained twenty-six confessions, but, after a nine-day trial in May that attracted national pressView more
Thomas Cooper Library, the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC