February 16, 2011
The streets of Harrison (Boone County) were far from deserted in October of 1905, the year this photo was taken. Early that month, a white mob took two African-American prisoners from the jail, whipped them, and ordered them to leave town. The mob then headed down the once sleepy streets to the black community and burned much of the area to the ground. The approximately thirty black citizens were ordered to leave town, and most did. Four years later in 1909, another mob drove out all black residents but one from the town.