A Negro woman was shot to death in Jacksonville, Florida (southeastern U.S.) on Monday night?
A Negro woman was shot to death in Jacksonville, Florida (southeastern U.S.) on Monday night (23 March) in an outbreak of racial violence. A white truck driver was pulled from a truck and slashed with razors, and a white tourist driving through the city was shot by negroes along the highway and slightly wounded. Later a white and a Negro sailor were lightly wounded when a Negro thrust a pistol into their car and fired several times.
Cars and stores owned by whites in the Negro section of the city were targets for homemade bombs, and rocks and bottles were hurled from the shadows during the night.
Over 200 Negroes were arrested as the police dispersed anti-segregation demonstrators. A number of fire alarms were turned in and the fire department tried hard to cope with a series of small blazes, apparently the work of arsonists. Police said they had restored order by morning, but Negro leaders indicated that anti-segregation demonstrations would continue.
Jacksonville Negro leaders have been carrying on a series of anti-segregation demonstrations aimed at restaurants, hotels, motels and theaters which refuse to cater to Negro patrons. On Monday, Negroes began massing at Hemming Park in the downtown business district. They demonstrated, marched on a Negro housing project and then dispersed. The violence broke out in the waks of the demonstration.