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Harrisonburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Charlotte Harris Lynched, 6 March 1878

 
 
Charlotte Harris Lynched, 6 March 1878 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 17, 2020
1. Charlotte Harris Lynched, 6 March 1878 Marker
Inscription.  About a dozen disguised people took Charlotte Harris from the custody of jailers in eastern Rockingham County on the night of 6 March 1878 and hanged her from a tree approximately 13 miles southeast of here. This is the only documented lynching of an African American woman in Virginia, and it received nationwide attention. A grand jury that met here failed to identify any of the lynchers. Harris had been accused of inciting a young African American man to burn the barn of a white farmer. This man was later acquitted on all charges. More than 4,000 lynchings took place in the United States between 1877 and 1950; more than 100 people, primarily African American men, were lynched in Virginia.
 
Erected 2020 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number A 131.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCivil RightsLaw EnforcementWomen.
 
Location. 38° 26.948′ N, 78° 52.135′ W. Marker is in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Marker is on Court Square
Charlotte Harris Lynched, 6 March 1878 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, October 17, 2020
2. Charlotte Harris Lynched, 6 March 1878 Marker
(U.S. 33) just west of South Main Street (U.S. 11), on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1903 Court Square, Harrisonburg VA 22801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Honor of Charles Watson Wentworth (within shouting distance of this marker); Harrisonburg (within shouting distance of this marker); Court Square & Springhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Big Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); McNeill’s Rangers (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bishop Francis Asbury (about 600 feet away); Lucy Frances Simms (about 700 feet away); The Harrisonburg Downtown Historic District (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Harrisonburg.
 
Additional keywords. lynchings, Jim Crow South, terrorism
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 18, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 18, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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