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Famous People Who Were Lynched

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List of famous people who were lynched, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who were lynched are listed by fame and notoriety and include the famous lynching victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. With people ranging from Thomas Shipp to Mack Charles Parker, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites. These notable lynching deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has lynching as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (38 People)
  • Joseph Smith, Jr. was an American religious leader who founded The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He published the Book of Mormon in 1829. Several of Smith's followers began to resent the way that he was running the organization.

    On June 27, 1844, an angry mob sought out Smith, at Carthage Jail where he was awaiting trial for inciting a riot, and murdered him by shooting him until he fell out of a window.

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      Leo Frank was a was a Jewish-American factory worker who was accused of murdering his co-worker in 1913. After a trial, that was politically motivated, Frank was found guilty of the crime.

      On August 17, 1915, Frank was kidnapped by a group of 25 men and hanged by an angry lynch mob.
      • Hyrum Smith was an American religious leader and the brother of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints founder Joseph Smith. Along with his brother Joseph, Hyrum was murdered by an angry mob who accused him of treason.
        • James Cameron was a civil rights leader who was the only known survivor of a lynching attempt. In 1930, Cameron and two of his friends were charged with the murder of a white man. While the three young men were held in prison, a lynch mob broke into the jail and began to beat the three suspects before hanging them.

          Though his two friends were killed, Cameron was saved when a woman protested, saying that he was not guilty. Cameron went on to create the Black Holocaust Museum in 1988. In 2006, he died from congestive heart failure at the age of 92.