The Virginia Anti-Lynching Law of 1928, signed by Virginia governor
Harry Flood Byrd Sr. on March
14, 1928, was the first measure in the nation that defined lynching specifically as a
state crime. The bill's enactment marked the culmination of a campaign waged by Louis Isaac Jaffé, the editor of the
Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, who responded more forcefully than any other white Virginian to an increase in
mob violence in the mid-1920s. Jaffé's efforts, . . .
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