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Speaker: Darius Young
Title: The Lynching of Ell Persons and the Rise of the Memphis N.A.A.C.P.
Conference: 91st Annual Meeting of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Place: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Date: September 26, 2006
Keywords: Modern History: 20th Century | American History: U.S. History | Cases: Offenders / Ell Persons; Cases: Victims / Antoinette Rappel; Offenders: Punishments / Lynching; Types: Interracial Rape
»A black woodchopper by the name of Ell Persons was burned alive on the outskirts of Memphis while over 5,000 spectators witnessed the savage attack. Persons was accused of the rape and murder of a sixteen-year old white girl by the name of Antoinette Rappel. After his arrest Shelby County Sheriff, Mike Tate interrogated Persons under third degree circumstances. The most convincing evidence against Persons was an alleged photograph of Antoinette Rappels decapitated head in which Officer Paul Waggner claimed to see Persons forehead in the victims retina. During the lynching Persons was burned alive, decapitated, and mutilated by members of the lynch mob.