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My mother, grandmother, and great uncle Napoleonville, Louisiana 1920s Napoleonville and New Orleans, Louisiana Oral history from an eyewitness

In the early 1920s, a family member (a cousin) was lynched in Napoleonville, (or Labadieville) Louisiana. He was falsely accused of raping a white girl. My great uncle, Eddie Lee, my maternal grandmother's brother, was an eyewitness to his cousin's death. The victim was 16 years old. A group of white men tortured the victim with hot coals, burned him, and then cut his penis off and stuck it in his mouth. His body hung from the town bridge for 2 days. A white traveller from up North was mortified and sued the town of Napoleonville for having witnessed such a gruelsome sight. The trial went to New Orleans. It was later discovered that the step-father actually raped the girl, and my cousin was actually innocent. The family received a small monetary settlement.

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