A Night of Terror

  • James H. Madison


The first sounds the prisoners heard were murmurs and bits of conversation. Beginning around 6:30 P.M. on Thursday, August 7, 1930, the words grew louder as more and more people gathered on the sidewalk, street, and yard in front of the Grant County Jail in Marion, Indiana. “Get ’em,” some shouted. “Kill the niggers.” Louder and louder, the sounds of vengeance cut between the bars of the three-story jail and into the cells where Tom Shipp, aged 19, Abe Smith, 18, and James Cameron, 16, listened and waited.1


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  1. 1.
    James Cameron, A Time of Terror (Milwaukee, 1982, Baltimore, 1994);Google Scholar

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