Fields, Jimbo and Garnett, Clarence

Jimbo Fields and Clarence Garnett were African American teenagers who were born in Shelbyville, Kentucky. As their ages vary in different newspapers, Fields was estimated at sixteen years and Garnett of eighteen years at the time of the lynchings. As teenagers Fields and Garnett worked as day laborers, doing miscellaneous work for varying local businesses. […]

Beard, Lewis “Lon”

Lewis or “Lon” Beard was born in March 1887 to Curtis and Lillie Beard. He was the second oldest son of seven siblings and was born and raised in the predominantly white community of Elk Creek, Kentucky. Lewis’s immediate family was not the only family in his neighborhood. His uncle Jonas Beard and his family […]