Anonymous asked in Entertainment & MusicMusicRap and Hip-Hop · 1 decade ago

{Day 27} BHM Appreciation Thread..?

Today’s thread subject suggested by Nsayne several days ago, will focus on the Rosewood Massacre of 1923..Rosewood was a small community in central Florida, consisting of about 25-30 Black families. Several events led up to the massacre in 1923, including; a lynching of 3 black men accused of raping a white women, a 1921 lynching of a black man accused of attacking a white woman, and a 1922 lynching where a black man was burned to death for allegedly murdering a white school teacher. On January 1, 1923, a white woman named Fannie Taylor claimed a black man broke into her house and attacked her. Although witnesses say the man who guilty of the crime was white, talk around town lead to a black man named Jesse Hunter being falsely accused (Hunter was a prisoner who had escaped from a chain gang). Mobs of local whites were sent out to find Jesse, but they came upon a black man named Sam Carter. He was tortured and shot to death by the Mob for allegedly admitting to sheltering an escaped prisoner.

On January 4th, a black church in Rosewood was burned, and black residents fled to nearby swamps, some only in night clothing. On January 6th, a train evacuated black residents of Rosewood, and took them to Gainesville. The residents who were hiding in swamps, would run to the train when they heard the conductors blow the horn. Fearing any revolts or other attacks from the Mob, the train conductors refused to pick up any men. The next day, a group of about 100-150 white men returned to burn what was left of Rosewood. In February of 1923, a grand jury found there was not enough evidence to prosecute anyone involved.

In 1994, the Florida governor signed a $2.1 million package to compensate the survivors and their descendants for a "blind act of bigotry" that allowed for $150,000 for each of the nine survivors and a $500,000 pool for the descendants to apply for, providing that they could prove they had an ancestor who owned property in Rosewood at the time of the event

..and for anyone who is interested, here’s a short trailer of the movie that was made from this

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7 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    This was a good of my favorite topics done...I didn't know anything about this, and I appreciate the knowledge spread...I'll def. check out the movie too.

  • 1 decade ago

    VERY glad you created this thread. The massacre at Rosewood speaks volumes about this country's history regarding its racial issue. This was no back- country lynching where there are few to no witness. This was no less than the blatant destruction of a community and a unified front to deny the action into nonexistence until seventy years down the line. The settlement money the survivors received was chump change and beyond late in coming. Thanks for shedding light on the topic.

    Peace, Me

  • 4 years ago

    Someone in my school actually asked me "why black history month exist?" the other day. I always point out the other "months" like Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, American Indian Heritage Month, Irish-American Heritage Month and so on (everyone has a "month"). Black History Month is important to me because recognizing, celebrating, learning and appreciating "my' history in general is very important (of course, BHM isn't the only time I do that).

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yeah my pops showed me that movie back when i was a kid, I don't remember too much of it other than the church burning so I think I'll look back into it.... this was a good one, I don't think too many people know about Rosewood

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  • Sa_San
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    I heard of the movie, but had no idea it was based on a true story. I did see it when I was younger, but I don't remember the movie in it's entirety. I just remember Delroy Lindo is in the movie and I think Elise Neal also. Thanks for sharing this info.

  • I saw this movie a LONG time ago, I was rather young but I still remember small parts of it. Interesting thread though. =)

  • 1 decade ago

    maybe i'm the only one who see the negative side to the last part of this @ the families only getting $150,000 for the horrible things they have went thru...i think it should have been more than that...but i guess everything has a price tag...smfh....i saw this movie a while back...nice to see u touched on this subject....

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