:: Title :: Interview with Bessie Jones about race relations and lynchings
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Jones, Bessie
Lomax, Alan
:: Setting :: Alan Lomax's apartment, 3rd Street
:: Location :: Greenwich Village, New York City (New York), New York (United States)
:: Language :: English
:: Culture :: Southern U.S., African American, Sea Islands, Georgia
:: Session :: Bessie Jones VIII 10/61
:: Date :: 10/19/1961
:: Reference Information :: T965.0, Track 2 (00:17:38)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - 14 of 21 recording sessions with Bessie Jones. [Source: Editor]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Bessie explains that Southern blacks sometimes can't wait for God to fix things, but want to do something right away. She tells a story she heard from her mother about her uncle Gene, who was wrongly accused of a grisly murder of several whites and narrowly escaped being lynched. The true killer, Hamp, was discovered, however, and lynched instead. Hamp had committed the murders because the victims had accidentally poisoned his dog. The difference between hanging and lynching, according to Bessie is this: when they executed the criminal they did not just hang him, but rather they tied him to a tree and everyone took a shot at him. "Shot him all to pieces."
:: Collection :: Bessie Jones 1961-1962



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