The Rosewood Massacre

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According to the sources, Sam Carter and Aaron Carrier aided Bradley in escaping by wagon to safety. Most of the statements say that they helped assailant because he shared a common element, masonry. The mob, guided by the hounds, descended on the Carrier’s home, beating Aaron into confessing the earlier events of that day. Then they dragged him behind a car leading him to his fate, but Sheriff Walker stepped in imprisoning him in the county jail. Next, the mob advanced on Carter’s homestead also beating him to confess that he had helped the assailant. Carter then showed where he had abandoned the abuser in the nearby swamp of Gulf Hammock, Florida. The hounds were unable to pick up a scent, and the mob that felt they led a strayed, murdered …show more content…
Men came from all over, some even as far as Georgia. The murders extended past Rosewood when a man, Mingo “Lord God” Williams, shot through the head did not even reside in Rosewood. He was just an innocent man caught in the crossfire of all the violence. This murder brought the official count to eight, although, most eyewitness accounts from both towns claim more.
On the morning of January 8, 1923, The Tampa Morning Tribune reported that all “that remained of the Rosewood Negro section destroyed”(1). The paper claimed, “a mob of onlookers of 100 to 150 systematically burned the homes, and deliberately did not step in to save any of them” (All 1). The survivors of the massacre, aided by the local train, were taken safely to Gainesville, Florida never to return to Rosewood for almost sixty years.
Surprisingly, this researcher was able to find widespread coverage on the event of the
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Petersburg Daily Times heavily covered the atrocities at Rosewood during that week. The massacre even reached national newspapers and journals like The New York Times and The Washington Post. Most of the papers limited the stories to what the Associated Press released.
The Northern journalists attacked the South stating, "how astonishingly little cultural progress has been made in some parts of the world, and...also explain[s] the industrial backwardness and political reaction of the South" (Jones et. al.). The editorial is significant because the South had enacted the Jim Crow laws after the abolishment of slavery proving that the South could never find African Americans as equals, but the Rosewood story does not end

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