Elmer Hill’s exact birth date is unknown from census records, but due to his death records, it was either in 1880 or 1881. He was born to the parents of Thomas White Wheat and Milley Catherine Hill. The parents bore two daughters as well, Minnie
Brack Kinley was born in February of 1886 in McCracken County, Kentucky. Referencing the 1900 Census, he was written as ‘Brook Kinley’ and was 16 years old at the time. He stayed with his uncle Ben Willis and his family. Ben and Hester Willis had
Lawrence Dempsey was born in 1877 in Fulton County, Kentucky. There is no available census data showing his birth month or date, or the name of his parents.
Dempsey first appeared in the newspapers in Fulton County, Kentucky. The Illinois Central Railroad Company had several railroads
Sanchez, "Kentucky Newspapers often blamed Black victims for lynching," Howard Center for Investigative Journalism
Vanessa Sanchez, writing for the Howard Center for Investigative Journalism, states that newspapers in Kentucky with predominantly white readerships blamed the victims of lynchings by using racial stereotypes in their reporting.
Ellis Buckner was born on August 1, 1892, in Henderson County, Kentucky. According to the 1910 Census, he boarded with another family at the time, the Kennedys. RH and Virginia Kennedy had three daughters, Mary, Ora, and Lucille. At 14, Buckner was able to read,
According to the 1900 Federal Census, Jake McDowell was born February 1855, married to Minnee McDowell for 19 years, having 9 children although there are only 2 sons and 6 daughters listed on the census by name. He worked as a farm laborer and owned
William Potter’s lynching is extremely graphic and is strongly issued as a trigger warning.
Located in Livermore, KY, William Potter was accused of shooting Clarence (Frank) Mitchell, a 22-year-old white man in a barroom.
On April 20th, 1911, a local sheriff was hiding him in the Whitaker
William Clifford, also known as W.M. Clifford or Will Clifford, was a farmhand and laborer from Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio. Born to Mary and John in February of 1867, Clifford had up to five siblings. By the year 1900 he was the only child living
Henry Allen was a white male coal miner and a boarder of Muhlenberg county, Kentucky. Allen was married to Mary Daniel, and had one male child by her named Aubry Nicholas Allen, who died at the age of 2 in 1911. Allen was also an
Virgil Bowers was an African American man residing in London, Kentucky. Information about his life, including birth and census records, is not available. The information about the lynching of Virgil Bowers is provided by several contemporaneous news sources.
Bowers was prosecuted in two trials for the