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‘Huge step for Dallas’: Allen Brooks’ 1910 lynching to finally be memorialized with downtown marker
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Not a single photo exists of 59-year-old Dallas handyman Allen Brooks — except the one depicting the March 3, 1910, spectacle of the Black man’s lifeless body strung up on a utility pole to the delight of the thousands gathered at the northeast corner of downtown’s Akard and Main streets.

That photograph was immediately turned into a souvenir postcard.

It celebrated lynching’s power in the service of white supremacy. It paid homage to the local citizenry’s willingness to carry out torture and murder to repress and terrorize people of color.


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