City: Center, TexasCounty: Shelby CountyRace or Ethnicity of Victim: BlackGender of Victim: MaleAge of Victim: 18Alleged Crime: MurderManner of Death: HangingSource of Information: NAACP 30 Years of Lynching

On March 8, 1908, dawn arrived in Navasota, just as it did every morning. The fields that surrounded the East Texas town had begun to fill with bluebonnets, and local citizens prepared for a beautiful spring day. Yet the appearance of normality…