Annual number of lynchings in the U.S. by race 1882-1968

Annual number of executions by lynching in the United States by race between 1882 and 1968

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Release date

September 2020


United States

Survey time period

1882 to 1968

Supplementary notes

Release date is date of most recent access.

Based on the data in the graph, the totals for white and black victims are 1,297 and 3,445 respectively. The totals in the original report were written as 1,299 and 3,446 respectively; it is unclear whether this is a misprint or there are additional entries for unknown years.

The numbers shown here are from Tuskegee University, and are the most frequently cited figures relating to this topic. However, these numbers have been called into question by some historians, who have cited errors in the original methodologies (particularly relating to newspaper evidence), and have different attitudes of what should or should not be defined as a lynching. For alternative figures relating to lynchings, we recommend the following sources:
A Festival of Violence, by Tolnay & Beck (1995)
Equal Justice Initiative
National Crimes: A New National Data Set of Lynchings in the United States, 1883 to 1941, by Seguin & Rigby (2019)

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