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‘The Violent World of Broadus Miller’

‘The Violent World of Broadus Miller’

Dr. Kevin Young will present his new book, “The Violent World of Broadus Miller: A Story of Murder, Lynch Mobs, and Judicial Punishment in the Carolinas” at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

In the summer of 1927, an itinerant Black laborer named Broadus Miller was accused of killing a 15-year-old white girl in Morganton. Miller became the target of a massive manhunt lasting nearly two weeks.

More than an account of a single murder case, this book vividly illustrates the stormy race relations in the Carolinas during the early 1900s, reminding us that the legacy of this era lingers into the present.

For more information, call the bookstore at 828.586.9499 or click on

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