Number of lynchings in the U.S. by state and race 1882-1968

Number of executions by lynching in the United States by state and 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.

*The total number of black victims in Arkansas was originally written as 266, however it has been corrected to 226 based on the corresponding totals and cross-referencing with other sources.

**Not including Alaska or Hawaii.

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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