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Resource ID: #18679
The Dallas Observer discovers that a black sharecropper, Harrison Ocie Jones, was brutally murdered in Ladonia, Texas, in 1951, by an angry white mob. The crime was covered up for half a century, and even Jones' children were unaware of the murder until a former Ladonia resident decided to talk because he was haunted by the memory of what happened. The murderers spread different versions of the rumor that the black victim was sexually interested in a white woman, while in fact he owed a white man money. While Jones was working to pay back, the white man lost patience, the Observer reports.