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Tameka Bradley Hobbs

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061047

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061047.001.0001

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A Degree of Restraint

A Degree of Restraint

The Trials of Cellos Harrison, 1940–1943

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(p.68) 2 A Degree of Restraint
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Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home
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Tameka Bradley Hobbs

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University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813061047.003.0003

Of the extralegal murders to occur in Florida during the 1940s, the lynching of Cellos Harrison in Marianna in 1943 is exceptional. The white community in Jackson County exhibited an unusual degree of restraint, initially allowing the court system to determine Harrison's fate, including being indicted, tried, and sentenced to death twice between 1941 and 1943. This fact may have owed less to the desire for due process on the part of Jackson County's white citizenry than to the painful memories of the national infamy the community suffered after the horrific public lynching of Claude Neal less than a decade earlier.

Keywords:   Cellos Harrison, Jackson County, Florida, Lynching, Marianna, Florida

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