Memorializing Racially-Motivated Deaths Beyond Lynchings

Aug 14, 2018
Originally published on August 21, 2018 4:25 pm

From the late 1800s through the middle of the 20th century, lynchings were a widespread form of racial violence against African-Americans in the southern United States. 

A new memorial in Alabama honors and memorializes those who died at the hands of brutal lynch mobs. But many racially-motivated killings during that time were not officially lynchings.

WUNC military reporter Jay Price retraces the story of one of those cases. Private Booker T. Spicely was shot and killed by a Durham bus driver after he complained about having to move to the back of the bus. The incident came more than a decade before Rosa Parks would protest staying in her seat. Price revisits this piece of Durham history with host Frank Stasio and reflects on the risk of letting these stories fade with time.