Racist past haunts Sanford Fl-Mr. Jackie Robinson attacked and Mr. Trayvon Martin killed [View all]
Racist past haunts Sanford Fl-Trayvon was shot dead,Jackie Robinson had to flee 2 lynch mobs.
After seeing the movie 42, I had not realized something.
In spring training, a lynch mob came after Mr. Jackie Robinson.
That happened in Sanford Florida.
flash forward to 2012.
Mr. Trayvon Martin was harrassed, stalked and murdered in cold blood, unarmed, and it was by someone who was armed with a legal gun, out looking for someone to kill it appears.
The police told him to back off in a phone call after it appears Zimmy called in saying Mr. Martin looked suspicious to him.
Mr. Trayvon Martin was shot to death in Sanford Florida.February 26, 2012 unarmed.
Reuters) - The year before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier by becoming the first African American to play major league baseball, he fled the racist threats of townspeople in Sanford, Florida, where Trayvon Martin was shot 66 years later.
It was 1946 and Robinson arrived in this picturesque town in central Florida for spring training with a Brooklyn Dodgers farm team. He didn't stay long. Robinson was forced to leave Sanford twice, according to Chris Lamb, a professor at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, who wrote a graphic account of Robinson's brush with 100 angry locals in a 2004 book
In the downtown area, Victorian-era cottages and old brick office buildings sitting a wide and alligator-infested bulge in the St. Johns River, provide a glimpse of the past - but not all of it. There are no reminders of the lynch mobs and Ku Klux Klan members who once killed blacks with impunity in Sanford and elsewhere across Florida.
Florida was the site of more lynchings per capita than any other southern state, according to Ben Brotemarkle, executive director of the Florida Historical Society. Lynchings were common in the southern U.S. in the second half of 19th century and continued into the 20th century.