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Don Carleton

Director's Message: December 2017

When R. C. Hickman arrived in Mansfield, Texas, on August 30, 1956, he knew it would be a dangerous assignment. Arriving at the local high school in order to document its integration, he saw three figures swinging from the playground trees: effigies of black students, mock-lynched by a white mob. Hickman, who was black, worked quickly to capture the scene but was spotted by the mob, who then tried to capture him. He was able to get to his car and drive off, but members of the mob pursued him all the way to Fort Worth before giving up chase when Hickman fled into a funeral home.   Read more...

 

  


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