Rowan County, NC
Alleged offense: N/A
Legal intervention (in alleged offense): N/A
Legal intervention (following lynching): No
Mob size: Unreported
Mob members: None named
Alleged victim: N/A
Household Status: Married
Occupation: Tenant Farmer
An African American woman Laura Wood, aged 59 (reported as 65 and 60 by newspaper coverage, 59 by coroner), was found hanging to a tree with a plowchain near Barber’s Junction. Wood’s death became a political rallying cry in labor protests in Washington D.C. and by the International Labor Defense, which reportedly showcased the chain with which Wood was hanged in their national office.
Laura Wood’s Death Certificate
Census: None found.
They Missed It
Town: Barber Junction, North Carolina
Latitude/Longitude: 35.687256, -80.434507
Rationale: While an exact location could not be determined, a marker was placed near Barber’s Junction, as that is the only named place in newspaper accounts of the lynching.
International Labor Defense archives may have a photo of the lyncing or the chain used in this case: http://archives.nypl.org/scm/20647#detailed