Charles Thurber was a black man lynched in Grand Forks, North Dakota on October 24, 1882. No monument exists at the site of the lynching, which was a bridge over the Red River between Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota. The bridge was demolished in 2000.
Thurber was accused of raping two white women, one the wife of a railroad worker and the other described as a "Norwegian servant girl." According to one of the illustrated North Dakota Mysteries and Oddities books, at least one of Thurber's accusers may have recanted her story.
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... A description of Thurber's burial comes from the Daily Herald ... Yesterday public comment over the lynching of Thurber completely subsided, and while it was the universal theme of conversation, yet it was mainly good humored comment and recitals of the amusing episodes ...
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