Dr. Steven Ash – “A Massacre In Memphis: The Bloody Race Riot Of 1866”

On March 17 at 6 p.m. in the McCallum Ballroom, Bryan Campus Life Center at Rhodes College, Dr. Stephen V. Ash spoke about his book A Massacre in Memphis. In May 1866, a year after the Civil War ended, the city of Memphis erupted in a three-day spasm of racial violence aimed at the recently-freed African Americans who lived there. More than 40 black men and women were murdered, many more injured, and all of the city’s black schools and churches and many homes destroyed by fire. It was the first large-scale racial massacre to erupt in the post-Civil War South, impacting subsequent federal policies and constitutional law.

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