The Murder of Geneva Hardman and Lexington's Mob Riot of 1920

The Murder of Geneva Hardman and Lexington's Mob Riot of 1920

by Peter Brackney

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In 1920, ten-year-old Geneva Hardman was murdered on her way to school, just outside Lexington. Both civil authorities and a growing lynch mob sought Will Lockett, a black army veteran, as the suspect. The vigilantes remained one step behind the lawmen, and a grieving family erred on the side of justice versus vengeance. During the short trial, tensions spilled over and shots were fired outside the courthouse, leading to a declaration of martial law. Six people died in what civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois described as the "Second Battle of Lexington." Join author Peter Brackney and delve into this century-old story of murder and mayhem.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781439668818
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 01/20/2020
Series: True Crime
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Peter Brackney is an attorney who practices law in his adopted hometown of Lexington, Kentucky. He and his wife have three children, as well as a redbone coonhound named Shelby. Peter is a double alumnus of the University of Kentucky and has served on the boards of different local history and historic preservations organizations. His first book, Lost Lexington, chronicled the backstories of Lexington's landmarks that have been lost to history. He has blogged since 2009 at

Table of Contents

Part 1 Young Geneva and Her Family 9

Part 2 A Crime Committed 17

Part 3 That Law and Order Might Prevail 37

Part 4 The Second Battle of Lexington 75

Part 5 Electricity of Sufficient Intensity 105

Author's Note and Acknowledgements 113

Selected Sources 117

Index 119

About the Author 125

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