31 December 1921
Moton, Robert Russa (1867-1940)
Typed letter signed
Title: to unknown
Moton, President of the Tuskegee Institute, reports on "[t]he lynching record for 1921," based on the research of Monroe N. Work, in charge of the Department of Records and Research at the Institute. States that in 1921, "...there were 72 instances in which officers of the law prevented lynchings. Of these 8 were in Northern States and 64 were in Southern States. In 1920 there were 56 such instances, 46 in Southern and 10 in Northern States. In 66 of the cases, the prisoners were removed, or the guards were augmented, or other precautions taken. In 6 instances armed force was used to repel the would be lynchers." Lists the number of lynched persons according to location, race and gender. Also specifies crime charged, with the majority of lynchings taking place against those suspected of rape, murder, or both. Describes the method of lynching according to case. Lists the number of lynchings according to state, with 14 in Mississippi as the highest.