Rosewood, Fla., Destroyed by White Mob

Moments in Civil Rights History

On Jan. 5, 1923, a white vigilante mob in Florida ended a two-day rampage, resulting in the largely black town of Rosewood being burned to the ground. The incident was triggered when a white woman claimed she had been assaulted by a black man. Local white men launched a manhunt and terrorized Rosewood residents in their search. Violence ensued, resulting in deaths and the destruction of the town.