This Day in History

Oct. 24 and 27, 2018: Hate Crimes in Kentucky and Pennsylvania

Time Periods: 21st Century, 2001 - Present
Themes: African American, Racism & Racial Identity

On Oct. 24, in the Louisville suburb of Jeffersontown, Kentucky, a white man shot and killed two African Americans at the Kroger store. He had first tried to enter a Black church, however the doors were locked. The two people killed were Maurice Stallard and Vickie Lee Jones. Learn more from this October 30, 2018 story at Democracy Now!.


On Oct. 27, a white man entered the Tree of Life synagogue with an AR-15 rifle and killed 11 worshippers (Cecil Rosenthal, David Rosenthal, Melvin Wax, Irving Younger, Daniel Stein, Joyce Fienberg, Richard Gottfried, Rose Mallinger, Jerry Rabinowitz, Bernice Simon and Sylvan Simon.) The murderer was yelling, “All Jews must die.” Learn more from this October 29, 2018 story at Democracy Now!.