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Lowndesboro in Lowndes County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Elmore Bolling

May 10, 1908 - December 4, 1947

 
 
Elmore Bolling Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 27, 2013
1. Elmore Bolling Marker
Inscription.  Lowndesboro, AL—Enraged whites, jealous over the business success of a Negro are believed to be the lynchers of Elmore Bolling. Bolling, 39, was found riddled with shot gun and pistol shots 150 yards from his general merchandise store. It is believed that more than one person figured in the murder but Producers Commission Company Union Stock Yards white employee, resident of Braggs is the only person held. He was released on $2500 bond. Bolling's small trucking business frequently hauled cattle to the Montgomery stock yards. The man, working at the stock yards passed daily in front of the Negro's business. He inferred that Bolling "insulted" his wife in a telephone conversation. Bolling, married, father of seven children had an excellent reputation in this community. Those who "know" say Bolling has long been a "marked man" since he was rated by whites here as "too successful to be a Negro."

--from the Chicago Defender & the Montgomery Advertiser
 
Erected 2007 by The Bolling Family.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans
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Location. 32° 16.071′ N, 86° 35.406′ W. Marker is in Lowndesboro, Alabama, in Lowndes County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 80 at milepost 114 and Steel Haven Road, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 80. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 879 Highway 80 E, Lowndesboro AL 36752, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lewis-Smith Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Lewis-Smith Historic Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); History of the Lowndesboro School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Lowndesboro (approx. 1.4 miles away); Lowndesboro, Alabama / Lowndesboro Business District (approx. 1˝ miles away); CME Church (approx. 1˝ miles away); Our Confederate Soldiers (approx. 1˝ miles away); Campsite 3 (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lowndesboro.
 
Also see . . .  The Elmore Bolling Initiative. (Submitted on October 20, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Additional keywords. lynching, racial violence, white supremacy, jim crow
 
Elmore Bolling Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, December 27, 2013
2. Elmore Bolling Marker
People lynched in Lowndes County including Elmore Bolling's name. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, May 31, 2018
3. People lynched in Lowndes County including Elmore Bolling's name.
Part of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, in Montgomery, Alabama, the memorial is dedicated to the legacy of enslaved black people, people terrorized by lynching, African Americans humiliated by racial segregation and Jim Crow, and people of color burdened with contemporary presumptions of guilt and police violence. One of the over 800 corten steel monuments, one for each county in the United States where a racial terror lynching took place.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 27, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 3,270 times since then and 165 times this year. Last updated on October 20, 2021. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 27, 2013, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.   3. submitted on May 31, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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