‘Mob jus­tice’ fo­cus of GCHS pre­sen­ta­tion

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The Gar­land County His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety will present the pro­gram “Lynch­ing and Po­lit­i­cal Author­ity in Arkansas” at noon Tues­day at the Gar­land County Li­brary. The pub­lic is wel­come to at­tend.

Guy Lan­caster will dis­cuss how lynch­ing, long viewed as the ex­er­cise of mob jus­tice out­side the bounds of the law, ac­tu­ally served as an ex­ten­sion of po­lit­i­cal author­ity in Arkansas, a news re­lease said.

While draw­ing upon ex­am­ples from around the state, Lan­caster will high­light two cases of lynch­ing that oc­curred in Hot Springs: Will Nor­man, in 1913, and Gil­bert Har­ris, in 1922.

Lan­caster is the au­thor of “Ra­cial Cleans­ing in Arkansas, 18831924: Pol­i­tics, Land, La­bor, and Crim­i­nal­ity,” and ed­i­tor of “Bul­lets and Fire: Lynch­ing and Author­ity in Arkansas, 1840-1950” and “The Elaine Mas­sacre and Arkansas: A Cen­tury of Atroc­ity and Re­sis­tance, 1819-1919.”

His books have re­ceived awards from the Arkansas His­tor­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion and the Booker Worthen Lit­er­ary Prize. He is the ed­i­tor of The En­cy­clo­pe­dia of Arkansas His­tory and Cul­ture, an on­line re­source cre­ated by the But­ler Cen­ter for Arkansas Stud­ies.

Sub­mit­ted photo

DARK PAST: A 1915 pho­to­graph, look­ing south on Oua­chita Avenue, with Como Square on the left. Como Square, the site of two lynch­ings in Hot Springs his­tory, will be men­tioned in the pro­gram “Lynch­ing and Po­lit­i­cal Author­ity in Arkansas” on Tues­day.

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