Killing of Dan Jenkins in South Carolina in 1930


Case summary

Dan Jenkins, age 22, was killed in 1930 by a lynch mob in Union County, South Carolina. Jenkins was accused of sexually assaulting a white girl and a white woman. One thousand people searched for him. When he was found, he was shot to death by 30 to 100 men. Governor John Gardiner Richards deployed the National Guard to prevent the lynching, but to no avail. Jenkins’s case was widely publicized at the time.


Alleged perpetrators/other named individuals: [ ]
Perpetrator group type: mob

Date of incident: 1930-06-21
Location: Union, Union County, South Carolina
Location type: public space - rural
Allegation against victim: sexually assaulting two white women; having a consensual affair with a white woman

Coroner process
Coroner/inquest: yes
Finding of no legal responsibility: [ ]

Criminal process
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Civil lawsuits/claims filed: yes

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