Over a period of three days, at least 25 African Americans were killed and dozens wounded by white mobs during the Atlanta Race Riot of 1906.
Leading up to September 22, 1906, African Americans’ growing rights and social prominence in Atlanta resulted in increased racial tension. That afternoon, newspapers reported four separate rapes of white women – all allegedly by African American men. By that evening, white crowds had gathered and become a mob, storming the city’s streets and assaulting African Americans.
In addition to dozens of deaths and injuries, African Americans experienced economic depression and suffrage restriction following the riot.