Item #17946 N.A.A.C.P Report on the Lynching of Claude Neal, 1934. Claude Neal N A. A. C. P.
N.A.A.C.P Report on the Lynching of Claude Neal, 1934
N.A.A.C.P Report on the Lynching of Claude Neal, 1934

N.A.A.C.P Report on the Lynching of Claude Neal, 1934

Original Document

The Lynching of Claude Neal. N.A.A.C.P: New York, 1934. 8.5" x 11" inches. 8 pages. Includes photographs of Claude Neal's body, a cabin like his mother's burned by the lynch mob, and a page full of news headlines promoting the lynching. Report issued and conducted by the N.A.A.C.P into the lynching of Claude Neal. Neal was a 23 year old African American farmhand arrested in Jackson County, Florida on October 19, 1934 for allegedly raping and killing Lola Cannady, a 19 year-old white woman. The evidence against Neal was circumstantial at best, not sufficient to prove him guilty of the crime. When news got out about his arrest, white lynch mobs gathered. Neal was moved to multiple jails including 100 miles from Jackson County to Alabama. A mob of around 100 white men from Jackson County broke in and took Neal back to Florida. The lynching was a publicized spectacle set to take place at the Cannady farm, but the crowd got restless, torturing and murdering Neal in secret before his body was dragged from a truck and hung in the courthouse square. When the sheriff cut the body down, a large crowd demanded it be displayed, this time on the courthouse steps. The N.A.A.C.P conducted their own investigation written up in this report which concludes the lynching was premeditated, was publicized so local officials must have been aware and did not protect the prisoner sufficiently for the clear threat. Light foxing to front and back pages. Creases where report was originally folded. Stamp reading "FILE COPY" on front page. The lynching of Claude Neal caused national outrage and exposed the limitations of state and federal policies on the crime. Overall good condition.

Item #17946

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