Memphis, Tennessee, Race Riot (1866)

Moon, Fletcher F.
January 2009
Freedom Facts & Firsts: 400 Years of the African American Civil ;2009, p49
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Information about the race riot in Memphis, Tennessee on May 1 and 2, 1866 1866 is presented. The riot was triggered by the murder of several American police officers by African American soldiers due to the attempted arrest of another African American soldier. It resulted to the death of 46 African Americans and two Americans. Several homes, churches and schools were also burned, while about $17,000 in Federal property were destroyed during the riot.


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