“Rosewood” refers to the Rosewood
Massacre that occurred on January 1, 1923, in an all-black town called
Rosewood, Florida. According to the website BlackPast.org, “the massacre was
instigated by the rumor that a white woman, Fanny Taylor, had been sexually
assaulted by a black man”. A group of Caucasian men believed that the rapist
was a man named Jesse Hunter who was hiding in Rosewood. The group decided to
travel to Rosewood and confront Hunter and his supposed accomplices (Aaron
Carrier and Sam Carter). When the mob arrived at the Carrier house, they killed
both Sarah Carrier (Aaron Carrier’s aunt) and the Carrier’s dog. In an attempt
to protect what was left of his home, Sylvester Carrier–Sarah Carrier’s
son–killed two men and injured four others before he was also murdered
News of this attack spread, but
many did not care that whites had killed an innocent black woman (and a dog).
What caught people’s attention was the fact that a black man had killed two
whites. This caused the “white mob” (blackpast.org) to gain more supporters.
The group grew from around 20 or 30 people to over 200 participants. These 200
or so white men ravaged Rosewood, leaving nothing behind but a deserted town
and nine survivors, yet somehow no one was charged with the murders at Rosewood.