The Stain on Pennsylvania's History Is Lifted

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Post By: SWPaDon » Sun. Jan. 01, 2017 10:47 am

For more than a century, the death of David Pierce has been a stain on Western Pennsylvania as the only victim of a lynching in the region.

The African American man was said to have shot and killed Sanford White, a white superintendent of a coke works near Dunbar, Fayette County, on the morning of Dec. 19, 1899, after Mr. White intervened during a fight between Mr. Pierce and another white coke executive, Richard Cunningham.

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20161229_Newspaper_unearths_19th-century_discrepancy_.html?photo_2

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Post By: warminmn » Sun. Jan. 01, 2017 12:00 pm

Interesting story. Thanks


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Post By: SWPaDon » Sun. Jan. 01, 2017 12:12 pm

Pennsylvania meant freedom for the slaves. So to have the innacurate story out there was a big deal.

I read a story about 'livability' in the 'Pittsburgh region' a while back. This region received lower marks because if that story.
I can't remember the exact wording so I'm paraphrasing, but it went something like.........Western Pa., and particularly the Pittsburgh area is racist and unfriendly to blacks, due to the lynching, so they shouldn't consider moving there.

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