Lynching of Michael Green

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Michael Green was an African American man who was lynched by a band of masked men near Upper Marlboro, Maryland on September 1, 1878[1]

Green was arrested for assaulting Miss Alice Sweeny on August 26, 1878 and held at the jail in Upper Marlboro.[1] Threats of lynching were openly made and were held off by the vigilance of the sheriff.[1] After several days, a band of masked men removed Green from the jail, placed a noose around his neck and hung him 15 feet in the air from a tree outside of town.[1] His body remained dangling from the tree and was observed the next morning.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Lynching at Upper Marlboro" (PDF). The Kent News. 7 September 1878. Retrieved 13 May 2015.