In a chilling column for Salon, Bill Moyers tells the truth about the 4,000 public lynching of blacks (and some whites) in the Bible Belt of the South, including Texas. Moyers talked about being shown pictures from 1916 of a public lynching in Waco, Texas, where a young black man was burned alive to die on a pole, in ways that should remind us of the cruelties of ISIS.
I was at the University of Texas about the same time as Moyers, in 1955 to 1956, and, after a three-year stint in the Army, I returned to Austin from 1959 to 1962 to finish my undergraduate degree.
I remember being told in 1959 by a student from Corsicana, Texas of pictures in the basement of the courthouse of a lynching, burning, and dragging of a young black man that were still hanging on the wall in the courthouse basement. The young man from Corsicana didn't seem to see anything strange about either the pictures or the lynching, but simply reminders of the racist past of Texas. Others in the Wyler house in Austin were appalled that the past was displayed so blatantly.