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Jack Johnson-Jim Jeffries Race Riot
The Richmond Times-Dispatch of July 5, 1910 published this report of the incident:
Six white men are in jail, one white man, Joe Chockley, a baseball player, has a bullet wound In his head that may prove fatal, and six negroes have broken heads as the result of clashes between the races here tonight following the announcement of the result of the prize fight at Reno.
Joe Chockley was shot by a negro, who made his escape. The trouble began on Market Square when a negro who had just heard the news of Jack Johnson's victory, and remarked that he guessed the white folks would now let the negroes alone A white man who heard the remark said, "No," and the negro and the white man came together. The police had difficulty landing the negro ln Jail being compelled to draw their revolvers. The saloons were closed a half hour earlier than the regular hour. Physicians say Chockley may die before morning.
Sourceshttp://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn85038615/1910-07-05/ed-1/seq-1/ http://govnoblog.biz/johnson-jeffries-fight-of-1910-riots-following/ http://www.pbs.org/unforgivableblackness/about/
Roanoke , virginia 24011
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