The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia

The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia

Seeking Truth at Rattlesnake Mountain

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"In 1932, a black man was found hanging on Rattlesnake Mountain in Fauquier County. A mob set fire to his body. Officials identified the remains as Shedrick Thompson, wanted for the abduction and rape of a local white woman. Some claimed Thompson killed himself―the final act of a desperate fugitive. But residents knew better, calling the tragedy a lynching―the last one known in Virginia. The author takes an in-depth look at the events to expose a complex and disturbing chapter in Virginia history"--Cover page [4].
Publisher: Charleston, SC : The History Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781467135658
1467135658
Branch Call Number: 364.134 Ha
Description: 127 pages : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Ferrell, Claudine L. 1950-

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The Last Lynching in Northern Virginia: Seeking Truth at Rattlesnake Mountain

The charred remains of Shedrick Thompson had not yet been cut from the tree from which he had been hanged before the controversy over his fate began. Thompson’s 1932 death was ruled a suicide by white authorities in rural Fauquier County, where Thompson lived and died. However, the local Fauquier population, white and black, knew that he had been lynched and his body torched. (more)


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