Past issues of the Jackson Daily News yielded a few headlines that tell part of the story about Mississippi's racist past. It's no secret mob violence ruled Mississippi at times, as blacks were lynched by mobs, morals and civil rights be damned. However, it is one thing to be told about the lynchings and another to see them plastered on the front pages of the newspaper. Here are some headlines and articles from the past that are not dead and definitely not forgotten, at least by those who suffered for decades under the rule of Jim Crow and the mob. The Duck Hill lynching gained particular notoriety, as blowtorches were used to obtain confessions in ways that would have made a Sicilian proud. The German newspapers spared no effort in exploiting Mississippi's racism for its own propaganda, as seen below in one article.
Easier version to read from another newspaper. Most of the stories in this post were AP reports so they could be found at other newspapers. Thanks you, Newspapers.com. Sadly enough, most of the editions of the JDN from the 1930's didn't copy well to microfilm.