Fannie Taylor’s screams on the morning of January 1, 1923, shattered the peace of several Levy County communities. Her subsequent accusations of being attacked by a black man set in motion a chain of events that before the end of the week had resulted in at least eight deaths and the destruction of a town called Rosewood. Fewer than four thousand blacks resided in Levy County in 1920. The 3,960 African Americans comprised 39.9% of the county’s population, and as long as they remembered the place ascribed to them they lived in relative harmony with area whites.1
Jones, Maxine D.
"The Rosewood Massacre and the Women Who Survived It,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 76:
2, Article 7.
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