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Filson Friday - Days of Rage and Sorrow: The Jennie Bowman Tragedy

Friday, August 3, 2018: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Venue: The Filson Historical Society

Add To Calendar   03/08/2018 12:00:00 03/08/2018 13:00:00 America/Anguilla Filson Friday - Days of Rage and Sorrow: The Jennie Bowman Tragedy Friday, August 3, 12:00-1:00 p.m. | Jim Prichard shares the story of the Jennie Bowman Tragedy and the aftermath. The Filson Historical Society, 1310 South 3rd Street, Louisville, Kentucky, 40208 The Filson Historical Society info@filsonhistorical.org false DD/MM/YYYY


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On the morning of April 21, 1887 Jennie Bowman, a domestic servant employed in Old Louisville, was brutally assaulted by burglars. The young white woman lived long enough to identify her attackers as two African-American men. Within days the police had two suspects confined in jail. The stage was now set for the horror that plagued the black community during the Jim Crow era. On the nights of April 29th and 30th, a massive lynch mob, reportedly over 10,000 strong besieged the city jail. However they were thwarted by the determined stand of state and local officials. Although vastly outnumbered, the local militia, supported by a Gatling gun, stopped the mob in their tracks. This program, both a Victorian detective story and a glimpse of racial justice in old Louisville, reveals how the city escaped the shame of lynch law during an era of increasing racial tension.
Filson Friday - Days of Rage and Sorrow: The Jennie Bowman Tragedy

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