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On April 25, 1959, a raging white mob in Mississippi murdered Mack Charles Parker, a Black man.
Mr. Parker had been accused of raping a white lady without evidence. He categorically disputed the charges. According to community members, the lady made up the rape charges to cover her consensual romance with a white guy in a neighboring town. Also, police investigators found no clear proof that Mr. Parker was involved. Nonetheless, a mob of local white males organized with the goal of assassinating Mr. Parker before he could face trial.
A crowd took Mr. Parker from his cell, battered him, and dragged him outside days after he was transported from the Hinds County Jail in Jackson to the Pearl River County Jail. Mr. Parker, who was bleeding heavily, pleaded for his life. However, the mob drove to the Bogalusa bridge, took him out of the vehicle, and shot him. Mr. Parker’s corpse was subsequently wrapped in shackles and thrown into the Pearl River, where it was discovered more than a week later.
Despite an FBI investigation that revealed several lynch mob participants, no one was ever charged with Mr. Parker’s death.