DOUGLAS COUNTY COURTHOUSE
THE LYNCHING OF WILL BROWN
AGE RANGE: High School +
ADDRESS: 1701 Farnam Street, Omaha, NE 68183
QR CODE: Courthouse Sidewalk
At about 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 28, 1919,
a large group of white youths began a march to the Douglas County Courthouse,
where Will Brown was being held for a crime he didn't commit.
By nightfall, thousands had descended on the scene, setting the courthouse ablaze, overpowering the police in a siege that lasted all night, and eventually
lynching Will Brown from a telephone pole on 18th & Harney and mutilating his body.
ADL-CRC partnered with several schools to further explore destinations and landmarks by incorporating supplemental educational material and students’ voices.
Benson High School students partnered with UNO Human Geography students to research and create these background materials and presentations.