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The Lynching of Edward Roach

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2021
1. The Lynching of Edward Roach Marker
Inscription.  On the afternoon of July 7th, 1920, Ed Roach was lynched by a mob of approximately 200 white terrorists. He was wrongly identified as the person who attempted to assault a young white girl. He was arrested and taken to jail. A mob gathered at the jail, brought him to Shady Hill Baptist Church (across the road), lynched him with a chain and riddled his lifeless body with bullets. No one was ever prosecuted for this crime.
 
Erected 2020.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansChurches & ReligionCivil RightsLaw Enforcement. A significant historical date for this entry is July 7, 1920.
 
Location. 36° 21.496′ N, 78° 58.746′ W. Marker is in Roxboro, North Carolina, in Person County. Marker is on Old Durham Road (County Road 1700) 0.1 miles south of Walker Nelson Drive, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1538 Old Durham Rd, Roxboro NC 27573, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robert Paine (approx. one mile away); J.G.A. Williamson (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bessie Heath Daniel
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By Devry Becker Jones, April 22, 2021
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(approx. 1.8 miles away); Paine's Tavern (approx. 2.1 miles away); Site Of The Dowdy Hotel Jones Hotel And Hotel Roxboro (approx. 2.4 miles away); Robert Lester Blackwell (approx. 2˝ miles away); Person County Veterans Memorial (approx. 2˝ miles away); Korea (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roxboro.
 
Additional keywords. Acts of terrorism, racial terrorism, Jim Crow era
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 25 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 25, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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