There were over 100 documented cases of African American women lynched in America. Four of the women lynched were known to be pregnant. Lynching of women happened more often than most people thought, and for those who witnessed the crime it was an horrendous act. Here are 3 unforgettable stories of black women lynched in the U.S.
1. Marie Scott
Scott was a young 17 year old teenager. She was raped by two drunken white men who barged into her home while she was getting dressed. The men locked themselves in a room with her and one by one assaulted her. Her brother heard her screaming for help, and kicked the door down. He killed one of his sister’s assailants and then ran away from the scene. Marie Scott was jailed and a white mob went searching for her brother. When the white mob could not find Scott’s brother, they grabbed her out of jail on March 31, 1914, threw a rope over her head and hung the 17-year-old from a telephone pole in Wagoner County, Oklahoma.
2. Marie Turner (Lynched at Eight Months Pregnant)
Turner was lynched in Lowndes County on May 17, 1918. Prior to her lynching Turner’s husband was arrested in connection with the shooting and killing of Hampton Smith and wounding Smith’s wife. Smith was a white farmer, and Mary Turner and her husband had worked for them for years. Apparently, another black man Sidney Johnson had grown tired of the abuse of Hampton Smith, killed him and wounded his wife.
Unable to locate Johnson after the murder of Smith, a white mob lynched eight Blacks including Hayes Turner and his wife Mary. The mob hung Mary by her feet and then sliced her open to get to her baby. The baby fell out of Mary onto the ground making a whimpering sound. The mob then stomped the baby to death and sprayed several bullets into Mary Turner.
3. Maggie Howze and Alma Howze (Both Women Pregnant)
Maggie and Alma Howze along with two other young blacks were lynched for the murder of Dr. E. L. Johnston in December 1918. Johnston was a wealthy dentist, but did not have an established business. He often traveled the community looking for people he could offer his services to. He soon returned back to Mississippi to work on his father’s land, and during this time he formed a relationship with a black woman, Maggie Howze. Maggie moved in with Johnston and so did her sister Alma Howze. Johnston used both women to fulfill his sexual desires and while doing so he impregnated them both. Johnston was also married and had another child with his wife. Major and Andrew Clark, brothers who worked on the land were friends of the young black women, and tried to help the girls get away from Johnston. When Johnston turned up dead people believed the two sisters and Clark brothers were guilty. The four were quickly found and thrown in jail. Major Clark’s testicles were put between the “jaws of a vise” and slowly closed until he gave a confession to killing Johnston. That was all the white mob needed to call for a lynching. Ropes were place around the necks of the four Blacks necks and the other ends tied to the girder of a bridge. Maggie Howze was hit in the mouth with a wrench knocking her teeth out. She was also struck across the head, but she put up a fight. She grabbed the bridge twice to break her fall before finally being killed. After her death, the white mob joked that it was hard to kill such a big woman. There was a claim by a witness that on the day of Alma Howze burial movement of her unborn child could be seen. Dr. Johnston’s parents never believed that the 4 blacks killed their son, they always said it was a white irrational man.