Day in the History of Racial Injustice

January 28, 1934 ~A 40-year-old Black man named Robert Johnson was wrongly arrested in Tampa, Florida. White authorities within the Tampa police investigated Mr. Johnson’s alleged involvement in an attack on a white woman, and though he was quickly cleared of those charges, police did not release him. Instead, they issued a warrant accusing him of a separate crime: stealing chickens and turkeys. As a result, Mr. Johnson remained behind bars, transferred from the city jail to the county jail. During that transfer a whitewash mob kidnapped, carried Robert Johnson to a wooded part of town and lynched him.

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