Perry race riot

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The Perry race riot was a racially motivated conflict on 14 and 15 December 1922, in which whites burned Charles Wright at the stake and attacked the black community of Perry, Florida after the murder of Ruby Hendry, a white schoolteacher.[1][2] Wright, a 21-year-old escaped convict, and Albert (or Arthur) Young, his alleged accomplice, were arrested and jailed for Hendry's murder.[2] A mob, several thousand strong, made up of local and out-of-state whites seized the accused from the sheriff, and extracted a confession from Wright by means of torture.[1] Wright claimed to have acted alone and was subsequently burned at the stake and the crowd collected souvenirs. Following this two more black men were shot and hanged; whites then burned the town's black school, Masonic lodge, church, amusement hall, and several families' homes.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c Henry, C. Michael (2004). "Introduction". In C. Michel Henry (ed.). Race, poverty, and domestic policy. Yale ISPS series. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-09541-8. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 
  2. ^ a b Ginzburg, Ralph (1988). 100 years of lynchings. Baltimore, MD: Black Classic Press. pp. 166–167. ISBN 9780933121188. Retrieved 23 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Henry, Charles P. (2007). Long overdue: the politics of racial reparations. NYU Press. pp. 70–71. ISBN 978-0-8147-3692-0. Retrieved 23 May 2013.