Flames after Midnight

Flames after Midnight What happened in Kirven Texas in May has been forgotten by the outside world It was a coworker s whispered words Kirven is where they burned the Negroes that set Monte Akers to work at disc

  • Title: Flames after Midnight
  • Author: Monte Akers
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 170
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • What happened in Kirven, Texas, in May 1922, has been forgotten by the outside world It was a coworker s whispered words, Kirven is where they burned the Negroes , that set Monte Akers to work at discovering the true story behind a young white woman s brutal murder and the burning alive of three black men who were almost certainly innocent of it This was followed by aWhat happened in Kirven, Texas, in May 1922, has been forgotten by the outside world It was a coworker s whispered words, Kirven is where they burned the Negroes , that set Monte Akers to work at discovering the true story behind a young white woman s brutal murder and the burning alive of three black men who were almost certainly innocent of it This was followed by a month long reign of terror as white men killed blacks while local authorities concealed the real identity of the white probable murderers and allowed them to go free.Writing nonfiction with the skill of a novelist, Akers paints a vivid portrait of a community desolated by race hatred and its own refusal to face hard truths He sets this tragedy within the story of a region prospering from an oil boom but plagued by lawlessness, and traces the lynching s repercussions down the decades to the present day In the new epilogue, Akers adds details that have come to light as a result of the book s publication, including an eyewitness account of the burnings from an elderly man who claimed to have castrated two of the men before they were lynched.

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    1. It's not the author's fault that I didn't give the book 4 stars. This book is painful to read, but it was definitely worth taking a look into the truth behind the local history of the region I live in. It is written very well with extreme detail in the way the author came about the true story behind a terrible travesty of racial persecution. I am so very glad the author took the time to investigate and honor the truth of what really happened in Kirvin, Texas.

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