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David Roberts <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
Wed, 30 Aug 2006 11:18:06 -0400
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I wish to thank those who answered my query.

Just a bit earlier than the 1882 start of what Tuskegee Institute was
reporting, there was a nasty lynching in Huntington, Suffolk County, L. I.,
known as the "Kelsey Outrage" or "Tar Town Murder." The victim was a white

Huntington became known as "Tar Town" for much of the last 1/4 of the 19th
century, as a result of this lynching. It involved a "poor relation" and his
unwanted attentions towards an upper-class young lady. Just about all of
those involved, the lynchers and the victim, were related to each other [and
to me]. Kelsey was tarred & feathered and later murdered. Kelsey's
dismembered body was dumped in Huntington Harbor. Some months later, part of
him floated up in Oyster Bay Harbor; the rest was never found.

I believe you can find an account of the "Kelsey Outrage" or "Tar Town
Murder" on Newsday's Long Island History site.

David Roberts
Hollywood, MD
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> Some months ago, the "Washington Post" ran a long article on lynchings
> in American history. They published a chart on the number of recorded
> lynchings from 1882 to 1968, as reported by Tuskegee Insitute.
> This chart shows 2 lynchings in New York State for the period 1882 -
> 1968.
> One was the lynching of a black person; the other a lynching of a white
> person.
> Does any one on the list have an information on either of these
> lynchings ? Location ? Circumstances ?