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1933: Thomas Thurmond and John Holmes lynched in St. James Park

November 26th, 2013 Headsman


This still-notorious lynching — America’s seminal lynching for the broadcast media era — has been portrayed several times on the silver screen.

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2 thoughts on “1933: Thomas Thurmond and John Holmes lynched in St. James Park”

  1. Meaghan says:

    JCF, I highly recommend you read the book about the case: “Swift Justice” by Harry Farrell.

  2. JCF says:

    I’m a native Northern Californian, and I’ve never heard of this case before! Utterly disgraceful. The governor should have been hung…in effigy.

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