LYNCHING STARTS DEM CONVENTION OFF ON WRONG FOOT

by Bartee Haile.

Early arrivals to the Democratic National Convention were greeted by a gruesome sight on the morning of Jun. 20, 1928 - a lynching victim hanging from a Houston bridge. Five months earlier, Democratic leaders picked the Bayou City as the site for their quadrennial get-together, the first meeting of its kind in a southern state since the Civil War. Credit went to businessman Jesse Jones, national finance chairman, whose expert string-pulling made his hometown of 250,000 the winning entry.
 
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