A white mans barn had burned down in a small southern town, and he had no idea what the cause was.
Instead of finding evidence of who or what caused the tragedy, he blamed it on the Stevensons', the only black family in the town.
An angry mob of primarily white men took Cordella (the mother), and she was found a week later hanging from a tree.
The police department "looked for the culprits" for less than a day eyewitnesses said. One person even overheard the judge of the town say that "even if they did catch someone I'd let them off the hook".
This chart shows that thousands of African American teachers from mainly the south a lot less money than white people with the same job. Some of the most extreme exaplmes are Mississippi where white teachers make almost four times as much as black teachers. Another example is Arkansas where white teachers make double what black teachers do.
African Americans were obviously viewed as lesser than white people during this time, but some people would go as low as calling them animals. There were some places that would be more gentle in telling black people that they were not welcome by saying white people only or no colored people. However some places like this one in the image would say things like no negros or dogs absolutely destroying any self confidence they had before.