Stories of lynchings are often glossed over in Texas history, and the brutal nature of the burnings that happened here are never discussed at all. I interview ER Bills about his book, "Black Holocaust: The Paris Horror and a Legacy of Texas Terror," that details the horrifying history of these burnings and why it is relevant today.
|Henry Smith, a man burned without trial in Texas in front of a crowd of thousands.
|Burning of Henry Smith. They burned and tortured him for over 40 minutes. Notice the size of the crowd.
|Courthouse burns down
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|Author and Historian ER Bills