Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Florida Lynching of Claude Neal


The Lynching of Claude Neal

Claude Neal was lynched in a lonely spot about four miles from Greenswood, Florida, scene of the recent crime. After Neal was taken from the jail at Brewton, Alabama (moved there supposedly for his protection), he was driven approximately 200 miles over highway 231 leading into Marianna and from there he was subjected to the most brutal and savage torture imaginable.

Neal was taken from the Brewton jail between one and two o'clock Friday morning, October 26. he was in the hands of the smaller lynching group composed of approximately 100 men from then until he was left in the road in front of the Cannidy home late that same night. Neal was tortured for ten or twelve hours. The original mob that took Neal from jail directed "all of the niceties of a twentieth century lynching . . . inflicted upon Neal." The word was passed all over Northeastern Florida and southeastern Alabama that there was to be a "lynching party to which all white people are invited."


A member of the lynching party described the lynching in all of its ghastliness, down tot he minutest detail:

After taking the nigger to the woods about four miles from Greenwood, they cut off his penis. he was made to eat it. they they cut of his testicles and made him eat them and say he liked it. . . .

Then they sliced his sides and stomach with knives and every now and then somebody would cut off a finger or toe. Red hot irons were used on the nigger to burn him from top to bottom.

From time to time during the torture a rope was tied around Neal's neck and he was pulled up over a limb and held there until he almost choked to death. Then he was let down and the torture began all over again. After several hours of this unspeakable torture, they decided just to kill him.


Neal's body was tied to a rope on the rear of an automobile and dragged over the highway to the Cannidy home. here a mob estimated to number somewhere between 3000 and 7000 people from eleven southern states was excitedly waiting his arrival. When the car which was dragging Neal's body came in front of the Cannidy home, a man who was riding the rear bumper cut the rope.

A woman came out of the Cannidy house and drove a butcher knife into his heart. Then the crowd came by and some kicked him and some drove their cars over him.

Men, women, and children were numbered in the vast throng that came to witness the lynching. It is reported from reliable sources that the little children, some of them mere tots, who lived in the Greenwood neighborhood, waited with sharpened sticks for the return of Neal's body and that when it rolled in the dust on the road that awful night these little children drove their weapons deep into the flesh of the dead man.

The body, which by this time was horribly mutilated, was taken to Marianna, a distance of ten or eleven miles, where it was hung to a tree on the northeast corner of the courthouse square. Pictures were taken of the mutilated form and hundreds of photographs were sold for fifty cents each. Scores of citizens viewed the body as it hung in the square. The body was perfectly nude until the early morning when someone had the decency to hang a burlap sack over the middle of the body. The body was cut down about eight-thirty Saturday morning, October 27, 1934.

Fingers and toes from Neal's body have been exhibited as souvenirs in Marianna where one man offered to divide the finger which he had with a friend as "a special favor." Another man has one of the fingers preserved in alcohol.  (source: Digital History)

7 comments:

  1. Although hundreds, if not thousands of white, southern racists participated in the butchery, and subsequent murder of Mr. Claude Neal, none have been arrested, and prosecuted for these acts. The FBI has been thoroughly defeated, and publicly humiliated by an outlaw people who faithfully practiced a form of secrecy put in place years ago by Albert Pike, and his disciples. This system of secrecy continues to this very day.

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  2. Pelvo White, Jr.April 4, 2016 at 6:35 AM

    Concerning Human Sacrifice In America

    We must get clear on the religious significance of the practice of black slave human sacrifice, and later day black human sacrifice which I believe took place often in the deep south of the United States of America both individually, and collectively. To some white Americans. Sacrificing African American souls to ancient gods came to America with the very old belief systems of some western world immigrants whose polytheistic perceptions of reality involved receiving blessings from their gods primarily through sacrificing the lives of those life forms whom they perceived as lesser beings, black slaves and freed slaves, and blacks in general contemporarily, native Americans, cows, hogs, ducks, chickens, etc. These believers in ancient polytheistic religions are those whom the disciples of Jesus Christ sought to convert to Christianity after the death of Jesus Christ. It is entirely ridiculous to think that Christianity, a belief in a black skinned savior (i.e. Jesus Christ) is the savior of a significant number of self-proclaimed non-blacks in the world. Polytheistic religious practices continues to this very day, and was cleverly eclectically articulated in America by the religious scholar Albert Pike. Pike systematically dovetailed selective religions, and created a hierarchical religion that ate up the ground of all other known religions. Pike's transcendent religion structure, which utilizes the practice of sacrificing of human beings is designed to invoke non-Christian gods to bless the white race with dominance over all other races of man in the perceivable world. Pike's polytheistic religion imparts the mataphical, and physical foundations of contemporary white supremacy animated, and expressed through all American institutions.

    Pelvo White, Jr.

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  3. Never forget. While we on our knees calling Jesus and singing "we shall overcome" they are planning their next attack. Back then it was Claude Neal and Emmitt Till. Now it's white cops, justice system and the Republican Party.

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  4. In 1971 I was on the back of a two and a quarter ton military truck somewhere on a highway between the 95th Evacuation Hospital in Danang, Vietnam in the vicinity of Monkey Mountain, Deep Water Pier, Marble Mountain, and China Beach when I spotted a giant garbage dump with numerous silhouettes of Vietnamese people digging, and scavenging through its filthy piles for what they could use. Part of the dump was on fire with smoke snaking upwards towards the sky, and on both sides of the road, beneath the loud noises of war weaponry, and machines heading south were yet other Vietnamese refugees. The refugees were dirty and looked stressed, and tired. Some were carrying their children on their backs, and others had their few meager belongings dangling from their bodies. Some were crying, and others had angry looks on their faces. As I watched this dismal scene, I couldn’t help but wonder what Americans would look like as refugees. I thought about America, my great country, devastated by war. I tried to envision my mother, father, sisters and brother walking along this road with all that they had in the world on their backs. I tried to imagine their tear stained faces smudged with dirt and dust. Gone was all the hot running water, no soap, no clean clothes, no good food to eat, no certain future, just wandering somewhere out of the way of a bullet or a bomb completely at the mercy of those who could over power them.
    America has never won a war without the help of its allies. Not the Revolutionary War, not the war of 1812, not the Civil War, not World War I, not World War II, not the Korean Conflict, not the Vietnam Conflict, and not the present conflicts in the middle east and yet today we have a presidential candidate who wants to put forth an isolationist policy that will render us almost friendless globally. What Mr. Trump is proposing with his presidency is the destabilization of our peace domestically, and globally, and a threat of world war, and the production of many American refugees.Sophisticated technologies, effective medical techniques, and high living standards have lulled Americans into a false sense of security forgetting that within less than a mere two thousand miles away we can find wild jungles, untreated diseases, and starved, and depraved humans.
    Some leaders of some of our allied nations have already indicated that they would rather not deal with a president Trump because they consider him unstable, and Trump himself has indicated that he doesn't want to telegraph his moves as president because he doesn't want his enemies to anticipate these moves.Mr. Trump seemingly doesn't realize that future peace depends upon coordinating with allies on peace or war going forward. Mr. Trump wants to increase the numbers of his military despite the fact that the Veteran Administration isn't doing a good job of servicing existing injured veterans. Mr. Trump promises more jobs while at the same time not being fully supported by many members of the republican party or the democratic party knowing full well that many of these republicans, and democrats are chief job developers in this nation. Mr. Trump wants to "make America great again "without identifying at which time in American history was America great. We really need to get clear on what he means by the word " great ". I believe that his definition of greatness was when " states rights " made possible open, and rampant racial discrimination in America. Trump is really talking about an " us and them " mentality. The " us " are the racist American white folks, and the " them " are all of the people of color globally. Great " means back to racial discrimination in all of its deviant propagandist forms. Mr. Trump doesn't want to harmonize with the rest of the world, he wants to reintroduce white supremacy.

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  5. In re: Claude Neal Lynching; If you have any information that will lead to the arrest and prosecution of anyone involved in the 1939 murder of Claude Neal contact the Federal department of Justice, or the Federal Bureau of Investigations or the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Jackson County, Florida.

    President Obama signed The Emmett Till Act into law today!
    Dec 17, 2016 — The Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Reauthorization Act was signed into law by President Obama today!! …
    unanimously on September 24, 2008 and signed into law by President George W. Bush in October 2008.
    The act directs the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to coordinate the investigation and prosecution of Civil Rights Era homicides that occurred on or before December 31, 1969.  The act also directs the DOJ and FBI to coordinate their activities with state and local law enforcement and to make annual reports to Congress on the progress of investigations and prosecutions falling under the auspices of the act.  If the act is not re-approved by Congress at the end of fiscal year 2017, it will not be effective anymore.

    Attorney General Eric Holder with CRRJ Director Margaret Burnham and Paula Johnson, Co-Director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative, based at Syracuse University College of Law.
    For fiscal years 2008 through 2017, the act authorized appropriations of $10,000,000 per year to the Attorney General to be allocated by the Department’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI; $2,000,000 per year for grants to state or local law enforcement agencies for costs associated with their investigation and prosecution of civil rights era homicides; and $1,500,000 per year to DOJ’s Community Relations Service to bring together law enforcement agencies and communities to further the investigation of these homicides.  However, for the first two years the Till Act has been in effect, no funds were appropriated to DOJ under the act’s authorizing provisions.  However, in fiscal year 2010, Congress approved the President’s modest request for $1.6 million in funds.

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  6. Pelvo White, Jr.March 7, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    The Curse of Claude Neal


    He said that as proof of his
    innocence
    the courthouse clock would never again strike the time
    right
    during the time of his torture and hanging of his body on the courthouse square both day and
    night.
    Through his blood his spirit gained control of the clock and forever foiled its ability to keep the
    time
    and to make the right
    sound
    once his blood dripped down and
    soaked
    into the ground. After that the
    clock
    never again struck the time
    right
    sounding whenever the spirit of Neal chose alarming the town to think about his killing with a
    fright.
    They couldn't fix that clock try as they may so they had
    somebody
    to take It
    away.

    (c) 2005, Pelvo White, Jr.

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  7. Pelvo White, Jr.June 9, 2017 at 10:52 AM

    National Museum of African American History and Culture

    A few days ago I journeyed to Washington D.C. to tour our National Museum of African American History and Culture. This Smithsonian museum’s beautiful building is located on Constitution Avenue N.W., and was booming with visitors from seemingly all nations and all walks of life. There are security services and tour guides stationed throughout the building that are more than willing to assist visitors as they move through the ramped, multileveled, spacious, circular, wheelchair accessible edifice, and souvenirs can be purchased from a delightful museum store to help mark this historic visit. This very interesting tour of the museum begins when you enter and walk into the Concourse room which features " Sweet Home Cafe ", and a Theater. Proceed on to the entrance to the " Contemplative Court " and " History Galleries " (C1-C3). C3 is titled “Slavery and Freedom 1400-1877 “. This gallery features statues, written comments, and information on how African slaves were dispersed thorughout Europe and the world, actual artifacts,to include slave handcuffs and shackles and audio/visual displays dating from chattel slavery’s beginning through the Civil War. History Gallery C2 is titled " Defending Freedom, Defining Freedom: The Era of Segregation 1876 - 1968. This exhibit features numerous sights and discussions of the " Jim Crow Era " to include an actual railroad car, and a portion of a Florida prison tower that was in use during segregation, an interactive Lunch Counter which shows excerpts of Civil Rights clashes with police and American citizens, the Emmett Till Memorial, a Tuskegee Airplane, and other audio/visual displays relative to this time period. C1 is titled " A changing America: 1968 And Beyond "and features exhibitions relative to the events of 1968 to include Audio/visual displays of some of the marches of the Civil Rights Movement. Level one ( i.e. L1 ) is titled " Heritage Hall ", and features an information counter and a museum store. L2 features classrooms,a library, an interactive gallery, center for African American Media Arts and an Explore Your Family History Center. L3 is titled " Community Galleries " and features audio/visuals on sports, Making a Way out of No Way ", and " The African American Military Experience. " L4 features audio/visuals on " Visual Arts and the American Experience ", " Musical Crossroads ", " Cultural Expressions ", and " Taking the Stage ." With all displays considered the National Museum of African American History and Culture provides a day's outing that is both informative and entertaining so teachers, civic organizations, tour guides, and others interested in American history and are seeking a truly memorable tour, put on some comfortable attire and make your way to our nation's capital to experience the thought provoking, and eye opening National Museum of African American History and Culture.
    Pelvo White, Jr.

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