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Jim Crow



  • Ambushed in Eufaula: Alabama's Forgotten Racist Massacre

    In 1874 a group of Black Republicans who came to the town of Eufaula to vote were ambushed by white mobs, part of the Democratic overthrow of Reconstruction and a step toward reestablishing white supremacy in the state.



  • Alabama's Capitol is a Crime Scene, with a 120 Year Coverup

    The Alabama Capitol in Montgomery was the first seat of the Confederate government and the place where white Democrats ratified a Jim Crow constitution in 1901. You'd learn little of this by touring the museum-like building. 



  • Homer Plessy's Posthumous Pardon Finally Recognizes His Heroism

    by Keisha N. Blain

    "The decision to pardon Plessy and finally clear his record are the culmination of efforts by Keith Plessy, the great-great-grandson of Homer Plessy’s cousin, and Phoebe Ferguson, the great-great-granddaughter of John H. Ferguson, the Louisiana judge who upheld the state's Separate Car Act."



  • Ghosts of Mississippi

    by Charles M. Blow

    The Times columnist argues that the oral arguments in the SCOTUS abortion case recall the bitter history of disenfranchisement in Mississippi, and the subsequent decades when rights were stripped away from Mississippians without democratic process.



  • The Complicated History of One Mississippi Restaurant

    Booker Wright, a Black waiter, shocked the community of Greenwood by shedding his genial tableside manner to tell a documentary crew about the burdens of racial subordination. After the film aired, he was assaulted by a police officer and his bar was vandalized.



  • Before the Anti-CRT Activists, there were White Citizens’ Councils

    by David A. Love

    "Employing the techniques of the White Citizens’ Council, a 21st-century White resistance movement threatens to turn back the clock on civil rights and racial justice and create a new future built on erasing the past."



  • Plessy v. Ferguson at 125

    Harvard Law School Professor Kenneth Mack explains what the shameful decision meant, and why it still matters in 2021.



  • The Long Brutality

    by Keisha N. Blain

    Two police killings highlight the specifically gendered nature of state violence against Black people, and the particular ways Black women are targeted. In this respect, the history of Black Lives Matter is a long history of Black women's political activism.