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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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The Failure of Forbearance

The Failure of Forbearance

The Lynching of Cellos Harrison, Jackson County, 1943

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Democracy Abroad, Lynching at Home

Tameka Bradley Hobbs

University Press of Florida

After two years of waiting for the courts to decide Cellos Harrison's fate, whites in Jackson County took matters into their own hands by kidnapping the thirty-one-year-old Harrison from the local jail and lynching him. In the aftermath of Harrison's lynching, federal agencies, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) made an uncharacteristically valiant effort to investigate the killing. President Franklin Roosevelt and his administration were concerned that the Nazi propaganda machine pointed to instances of lynching and racial violence to point out racial blind spots in America's democratic creed. Despite these important developments, the perpetrators of the crime were never identified or brought to justice.

Keywords:   Cellos Harrison, Jackson County, Florida, Lynching, Marianna, Florida, U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)

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