Day in the History of Racial Injustice

(from Alexandria Gazette published on 1893-02-04)

February 2nd, 1893Sam Blow, an African American man, was lynched in Richlands, Tazewell County, because another lynching victim, John Johnson, implicated him with the murder of Mr. Hunt, a white man. Five African American men were lynched in less than three days in Richlands in relation to the murder of two white merchants, including Sam Blow, Sam Ellerson, Spencer Branch, Jerry Brown, John Johnson, and possibly another unnamed victim.

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