Will Brown, Lynched in the Omaha Riot of 1919
September 28 1919 - on this day the Omaha Race Riot began in Omaha, Nebraska. The race riot resulted in the brutal lynching of Will Brown, a black worker; the death of two white men; the attempted hanging of the mayor Edward Parsons Smith; and a public rampage by thousands of whites who set fire to the Douglas County Courthouse in downtown Omaha. It followed more than 20 race riots that occurred in major industrial cities of the United States during the Red Summer of 1919.
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