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The Atlanta Race Massacre of 1906 is largely unknown today, even though it is a defining moment in Atlanta’s history and our nation’s history of racial terror targeting African Americans.
Between Reconstruction and the 1950s, more than 5,000 African Americans were lynched across America. In Georgia, there were more than 50 documented lynchings between 1877 and 1950. Half of these deaths occurred during the 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre when a mob of 5,000 white men attacked Black men and women, murdering 25 people in stores, on trolley cars, in the streets, and in their homes. No one was ever convicted for the killings.
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights recently partnered with Coalition to Remember the 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre to mark the 115th anniversary of the 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre, with seven days of events and programs Friday, September 17 to Sunday, September 26, 2021. The commemoration, called the 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre – Days of Remembrance, recognized the four days of violence (9/22-25) perpetrated by white mobs who killed at least 25 Black men and women.
Beginning in 2022, the Truth and Transformation Initiative – a coalition of partners — will explore the history of racial terror lynchings with a focus on the 1906 Race Massacre.
The Initiative includes: