The 1893 race riot in Roanoke began with a false accusation and ended with a lynching. Its impact was felt for years in Roanoke due to the shattering of the city’s progressive image. Below is a timeline of events and the biographies of the riot’s major figures. Read on to discover what happened and more.
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