We discuss racism and our sole mission to unify the races.
However, to become familiar with our ancestors, it is mandatory to know why women with a strong voice, were not appreciated then, and are a constant thorn in an average man’s mind-frame.
We will retrieve a piece of our history that society did not deem of importance and would never have a rally to clear her name of wrong doing. Of course when Laura was murdered those pictures and whispered historians that haunted the families and the neighbors were the proof. However the families that ended her life, remain unmoved about the legend of Laura Nelson, that most remain hidden. Laura’s life was an uncomfortable truth, but history should never be ignored.
After shaking and crying watching 12 Years A Slave, and witnessing Lupita Nyong’o ,with her interpretation of the molested and domestically tortured slave, “Patsy” I researched other female slaves. Our society must learn the value of all women.
Now, we pay homage to the woman who became “Strange Fruit.”
Here is the truth about a woman who ended up on a lynching postcard, and lost her life unjustly just for being a well spoken woman, with a sense of pride.
NSFW-Here are there pictures…graphic, so click on link at your own discretion… http://www.legendsofamerica.com/photos-americanhistory/Luara%20Nelson%20hanged,%201911.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2c/Lawrence_Nelson_high_res.jpg
Information from the Genealogy Record History
SUMMATION OF EVENTS
Austin, Laura and their son L.D. Nelson were taken into custody after L.D. Nelson allegedly shot and killed George H. Loney, Okemah’s deputy sheriff, when Loney and a posse turned up at the Nelson’s home to investigate the theft of a cow belonging to a Mr. Claude Littrell. Laura’s husband pleaded guilty to the theft and was sent to the state prison at McAlester in the town of the same name for three years. Some accounts say in an effort to save her son, Laura said she had fired the fatal shot. Both she and L.D. were arrested and placed in jail at Okemah before their position their was compromised at the Old Schoolton Bridge by lynching.