Author: Staunton Spectator


“The Riot in Danville,” Staunton Spectator (November 6, 1883)

In “The Riot in Danville,” published on November 6, 1883, the Staunton Spectator reports on racial violence in Danville that left at least five people dead. The paper assigns partial blame for the deaths to a speech given by W. E. Sims, the Pittsylvania County chairman of the Readjuster Party, who denounced the so-called Danville Circular, which had complained of Readjuster rule in Danville in general and African Americans in particular. The Spectator‘s reporting came on the day Virginians went to the polls to elect members of the General Assembly. The Democratic Party swept the Readjusters out of power in both houses.