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Rev. Professor Quandricos B. Driskell of Beulah Baptist Church, right, opens the April 23 ceremony remembering the 1897 lynching of Joseph McCoy at the corner of Cameron and Lee streets.

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‘Hanged by a Mob’

City remembers 1897 lynching victim Joseph McCoy

It was April 23, 1897, and the front page of newspapers across the region carried the news of the latest lynching in the area – the slaying of 18-year-old Joseph McCoy, who had been accused of assaulting the 9-year-old daughter of his employer.


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