Orange County, NC

Alleged offense: None (racial etiquette)
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Age: Unrecorded
Legal intervention (in alleged offense): No
Legal intervention (following lynching): No
Mob size: 4
Mob members: Unrecorded
Alleged victim: N/A
Household Status: Unrecorded
Occupation: Coal

After hearing of remarks that a black man named Wright Woods allegedly made to a white girl in his neighborhood, four white men on horseback abducted Woods from a coal kiln where he and his father were working. Woods was missing for nearly a week before a neighbor, attracted by a large group of vultures, found Woods’s body with a note attached to his foot that read: “If the law will not protect virtue, the rope will.” No immediate reports gave the names of any of the perpetrators or any attempts at arrest or prosecution.


Death certificate: None found
Census: None found

News coverage:

Hung in the Woods


Town: Little River area, North Carolina
Latitude/Longitude: 36.180027, -78.965398
Rationale:  Nearest city or town. Location not recorded.

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