Black History Month
Who Remembers Horace Carter or Fred Coker? Who Remembers Their Story, Their Final Torturous Moments Of Life? And Pays America?
In April 1906, two Black men named Horace Duncan and Fred Coker were accused of rape in Springfield, Missouri. Though both men had alibis confirmed by their employer, a mob refused to wait for a trial. Instead, the mob seized both men from jail, hanged them from Gottfried Tower near the town square, and burned and shot their corpses while a crowd of 5000 white men, women, and children watched. Newspapers later reported that both men were innocent of the rape allegations. These men were murdered because of the color of their skins and white Americans racial murderous hatred.