NAACP Calls for Reparations for 1906 Lynchings in Springfield, Missouri

HeadlineJul 26, 2000

This news from Missouri, the NAACP in Springfield, Missouri is calling on the city council to consider making reparations to the black community for the 1906 lynchings of three black men on a downtown square. A group of citizens has tried to get the city council to recognize the lynchings with a plaque downtown; city leaders have refused. Earlier this year, an Oklahoma state commission recommended reparations for black survivors of a 1921 rampage by white mobs in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Historians say as many as 300 African Americans were killed. In 1994, $2 million in compensation was approved for nine survivors and dozens of descendants of the 1923 attack on blacks in Rosewood, Florida.

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