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Newberry 6 Lynchings, August 18, 1916 - In the town of Newberry in Alachua County, a man names Boisey Long was accused of stealing hogs. Violence broke out when authorities tried to arrest Long and a constable was killed. Later, a mob gathered some of Long's friends and relations and hung them. Long was also hung after being found guilty of the murder of the constable.
Ocoee Massacre, November 2,1920 - African Americans in Ocoee, Florida, were murdered on election day when a black man went to the polls to exercise his right to vote. As many as 50 people may have been murdered.
Rosewood Massacre, 1st Week of January, 1923 - a racially motivated massacre in the town of Rosewood, Florida in Levy County. The town, made up of primarily black citizens, was destroyed. Reportedly, six black people and two white people were killed.