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The Rope: A True Story of Murder, Heroism, and the Dawn of the NAACP

National Archives Museum

Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST

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In November of 1910, in Asbury Park, NJ, 10-year-old Marie Smith was brutally murdered. After days of investigation, Asbury Park and county officials were at their wits’ end in their attempt to pin the crime on two suspects, one White, one Black. In The Rope, Alex Tresniowski tells the remarkable true-crime story of the murder of Marie Smith, the dawn of modern criminal detection, and the launch of the NAACP.

Black History Month Programming is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation, through the generous support of Ford Motor Company Fund. 


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