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History of Lynching in Frederick, MD

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In Frederick County, in 1887 and 1895, three African Americans were lynched, one in Point of Rocks in 1879, and two in Frederick. The purpose of this study is not to examine the history and causes of lynching in the United States. There are numerous books, articles, dissertations, websites and other sources that provide an overall context of lynching. Instead, this research documents the history of lynching in Frederick County, Maryland, relying for the most part on contemporary coverage of the event by newspapers. Click here to read the full 2020 report, “The Mob Fairly Howled:” History of Lynching in Frederick County, Maryland, by Dean Herrin.


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