George Marshall Clark and Milwaukee lynchings

Special Coverage

George Marshall Clark was lynched in Milwaukee in 1861, months after the American Civil War began, and two years before “colored” soldiers would be allowed to serve in the Union Army.

While his story has been documented, nothing is taught about him in local schools. These published news articles from the Milwaukee Independent explain about Clark’s tragedy, public efforts to properly memorialize him, other Black heroes who fought for freedom and equality during the Civil War, and the history of lynching that still affects the Milwaukee community today.

George Marshall Clark’s Story

Milwaukee and the legacy of lynchings

Milwaukee’s Colored Soldiers