July 20, 1935: City's shadowy past

The July 20, 1935 front page is a flashback to a grim part of Florida history. The top story reads "Coroner's Inquest Clears Sheriff's Office of Blame In Lynching of Negro Here". According to initial reports of Rubin Stacy's murder, a mob of masked men took Stacy, a tenant farmer, from the custody of six sheriff's deputies who were transporting him to the Dade County jail in Miami. The mob hanged Stacy from a tree in Fort Lauderdale near the home of Marion Jones, a 30-year-old white woman who had accused him of assaulting her with a knife. Jones later reported that Stacy came to her door begging for food. Eyewitness accounts also later revealed that the killing was organized by deputies.

( Sun Sentinel Archives / July 20, 1935 )

The July 20, 1935 front page is a flashback to a grim part of Florida history. The top story reads "Coroner's Inquest Clears Sheriff's Office of Blame In Lynching of Negro Here". According to initial reports of Rubin Stacy's murder, a mob of masked men took Stacy, a tenant farmer, from the custody of six sheriff's deputies who were transporting him to the Dade County jail in Miami. The mob hanged Stacy from a tree in Fort Lauderdale near the home of Marion Jones, a 30-year-old white woman who had accused him of assaulting her with a knife. Jones later reported that Stacy came to her door begging for food. Eyewitness accounts also later revealed that the killing was organized by deputies.

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