This Day in History

March 14, 1891: 11 Italians Lynched in New Orleans

Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Immigration

On March 14, 1891, a mob lynched 11 Italians in New Orleans for the killing of the New Orleans Police Chief David Hennessey.

Many of the men lynched had been found not guilty in court.

Italian Lynching 1891

The citizens breaking down the door of the parish prison with the beam brought there the night before for that purpose. Source: Public domain.

In the late 19th century, there was much white southerner animosity toward Italians, who often refused to abide by Jim Crow laws.

To learn about their story, read Alligator Bayou, a young adult book of historical fiction about the event.