Fierce race riots in America

Published: 29 September 1913

At least ten people were killed and a further forty injured during serious race riots at Harriston, Mississippi yesterday.

Reports claim that the rioting started after a white man was killed by a stray bullet fired during a fight between two groups of black men. The black men were then pursued through the town, captured and hanged. Their bodies were suspended from lampposts in front of the train station in the town.

That evening saw further rioting in the town and quiet was restored only after troops from the National Guard were ordered onto the streets and martial law declared.



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