Building It of Brick and Hollow Tile: Lee Wilson, the Lowery Lynching, and the Limitations of Planter Paternalism in the Twentieth-Century South

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This lecture examines one of the most infamous episodes in southern history: the lynching of Henry Lowry at Nodena Landing, Mississippi County in 1921. Announcements that the lynching would take place appeared in the Memphis newspapers and more than 600 people watched as Lowry was burned at the stake. Lowry’s fate was tied to a dispute with the planter for whom he worked, a dispute that led to a fatal gun battle which left two whites dead. Lowry escaped to El Paso, Texas but was apprehended and after assurances were given to the governor of Texas by the governor of Arkansas that Lowry would be given a fair trial, he returned to Arkansas only to be lynched instead. This lecture examines the limits of planter paternalism in the context of tenant/landlord disputes.


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