“Rosewood” refers to the RosewoodMassacre that occurred on January 1, 1923, in an all-black town calledRosewood, Florida.
According to the website BlackPast.org, “the massacre wasinstigated by the rumor that a white woman, Fanny Taylor, had been sexuallyassaulted by a black man”. A group of Caucasian men believed that the rapistwas a man named Jesse Hunter who was hiding in Rosewood. The group decided totravel to Rosewood and confront Hunter and his supposed accomplices (AaronCarrier and Sam Carter). When the mob arrived at the Carrier house, they killedboth Sarah Carrier (Aaron Carrier’s aunt) and the Carrier’s dog. In an attemptto protect what was left of his home, Sylvester Carrier–Sarah Carrier’sson–killed two men and injured four others before he was also murdered(blackpast.
org). News of this attack spread, butmany did not care that whites had killed an innocent black woman (and a dog).What caught people’s attention was the fact that a black man had killed twowhites. This caused the “white mob” (blackpast.org) to gain more supporters.
The group grew from around 20 or 30 people to over 200 participants. These 200or so white men ravaged Rosewood, leaving nothing behind but a deserted townand nine survivors, yet somehow no one was charged with the murders at Rosewood.