R.C.O. Benjamin, right, is pictured with his wife, Lula Marie; their son, Robinson; daughter, Lillian; and Lula’s father, W.S. Robinson, in Sept. 19, 1900. Twelve days later, Benjamin was shot in the back after trying to help black men in Lexington register to vote.
R.C.O. Benjamin, right, is pictured with his wife, Lula Marie; their son, Robinson; daughter, Lillian; and Lula’s father, W.S. Robinson, in Sept. 19, 1900. Twelve days later, Benjamin was shot in the back after trying to help black men in Lexington register to vote. J. Soule Smith Papers, UK Special Collections
R.C.O. Benjamin, right, is pictured with his wife, Lula Marie; their son, Robinson; daughter, Lillian; and Lula’s father, W.S. Robinson, in Sept. 19, 1900. Twelve days later, Benjamin was shot in the back after trying to help black men in Lexington register to vote. J. Soule Smith Papers, UK Special Collections

A black lawyer gunned down. A lynch mob riot. Stories of Lexington’s forgotten past.

October 03, 2018 09:42 AM

About Tom Eblen

Tom Eblen

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Tom Eblen is a columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader who writes about life, people and issues in Lexington and Kentucky. A Lexington native, Eblen was the Herald-Leader's managing editor from 1998 to 2008.