Edward Coy Lynching

The lynching of Edward Coy in Texarkana (Miller County); February 20, 1892. Suspected of raping a white woman (though some accounts hold that they were in a consensual relationship), Coy was burned to death in front of a massive crowd. It was one of the first such “spectacle” lynchings in the state.

Side view of burning body of African-American man chained to pole

Courtesy of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Central Arkansas Library System