Houston, Texas, Race Riot (1917)

Moon, Fletcher F.
January 2009
Freedom Facts & Firsts: 400 Years of the African American Civil ;2009, p45
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Information about the race riot in Houston, Texas in 1917 is presented. The riot was triggered by rumors that an African American soldier was killed by American police officers after defending an African American woman. It involved about 600 African American soldiers, who retaliated by going downtown to avenge the murder. It resulted to the death of one African American and 12 Americans.


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