Democracy Abroad, Lynching At Home.

Investigating this dark period of the state's history and focusing on a rash of anti-black violence that took place during the 1940s.

“On the morning of May 28, 2003, in Belle Glade, Florida—a rural farming community situated near the southern tip of Lake Okeechobee in the southern part of the state—Bernice Golden made a horrifying discovery in her mother’s yard. She arrived to find the body of her son, thirty-two-year-old Feraris “Ray” Golden, suspended fifteen feet off the ground, hanging from a schefflera “umbrella” tree…”

About the author

Dr. Tameka Bradley Hobbs is an award-winning author, historian, educator, and social justice commentator.

Tameka Bradley Hobbs is a graduate of Florida A&M University (B.A., History) and Florida State University, where she earned her doctoral degree in United States History, and Historical Administration and Public History. She has taught courses in American, African American, oral history, and public history at Florida A&M University, Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia, and John Tyler Community College, in Chester, Virginia.

Hobbs unearths four lynchings that are critical to the understanding of the origins of civil rights in Florida. The oral histories from the victims’ families and those in the communities make this a valuable contribution to African American, Florida, and civil rights history.

Derrick E. White, author of The Challenge of Blackness

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