On this dayApr 25, 1959

Mack Charles Parker Murdered by White Mob in Mississippi

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On April 25, 1959, a black man named Mack Charles Parker was killed by a white mob in Mississippi. Mr. Parker had been accused of raping a white woman but emphatically denied the accusations. Statements from those in the community suggested that the woman fabricated the rape claims to hide her consensual affair with a white man in a nearby town, and police officers garnered no conclusive evidence implicating Mr. Parker. Nevertheless, local white men formed a mob intent on killing Mr. Parker before he could stand trial.

Days after Mr. Parker was transferred from the Hinds County Jail in Jackson to the Pearl River County Jail, a vigilante mob seized him from his cell, beat him, and dragged him outside. Bleeding profusely, Mr. Parker begged for his life but the mob drove to the Bogalusa bridge, pulled him from the car and shot him dead. The mob then put chains around Mr. Parker's body and threw him into the Pearl River; his corpse was found more than a week later.

Despite an FBI investigation that identified many members of the lynch mob, no one was ever indicted in Mr. Parker's murder.

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