Memories of a lynching
The Senate’s consideration of a resolution apologizing for the Senate’s longtime failure to pass an anti-lynching law — a resolution probably adopted by the time this sees print — brought to mind the most famous of the Arkansas lynchings, which was also the last lynching at Little Rock.
It occurred on May 4, 1927. The victim was a black man named John Carter, who’d had an altercation with a couple of white women. The city was already near exploding over the rape and murder a few days earlier of a young white girl by a teen-age mulatto named Lonnie Dixon. Police whisked Dixon out of town before angry whites could get to him, but the unfortunate Carter provided a substitute for the mob’s anger. They hanged him from a utility pole, shot the dangling corpse more than 200 times, dragged the body behind a car to the black section of town, and then set it on fire. The police did not interfere.
Dixon was executed on June 24. No member of the mob was charged with a crime.
Arkansas endured two more lynchings after Carter’s, one in Crossett in 1932, the other in Poinsett County in 1936. According to Sen. Blanche Lincoln, a co-sponsor of the resolutions, 284 lynchings were documented in Arkansas over the years.
Finding a year
Documentary filmmaker Sandra Hubbard, who won a national award in 1997 for “The Giants Wore White Gloves,” the story of the Women’s Emergency Committee that fought to reopen Little Rock schools during the desegregation crisis, will turn her lens on another element of the story June 27-29.
Hubbard and Dr. Sondra Gordy of the University of Central Arkansas will interview students and teachers of the “Lost Year,” which will be the title of the new project. This was 1958-59, when Gov. Orval Faubus and lawmakers put to voters the option of closed schools or desegregation. More than 3,500 students went to private schools and schools in other cities. Gordy, who teaches history, has spent 10 years researching the lost year. Hubbard was among the students locked out of Little Rock schools that year. They will film as many stories as funding will allow.
A cure for warts
Sure UAMS has entered the liver transplant business. Sure it has a world-class cancer treatment center. But for what has it nabbed headlines recently in the New York Times? Warts, that’s what.
Researchers at UAMS have found that directly injecting a wart with skin test antigens can eliminate the injected wart as well as warts elsewhere. The antigens — for mumps and two other viruses — spark the body’s immune system to fight those viruses, said Dr. Thomas D. Horn, chair of dermatology at UAMS. “But cells that are hanging out in the vicinity of the warts say, ‘Wait a minute, let’s do something about the warts while we’re at it.’ It’s a bystander phenomenon,” he said.
Dr. Horn is the lead author of a study of 201 patients published last month in the Archives of Dermatology. The injection treatment is as effective as any other first-line treatment for warts, he said. Plus, it hurts a lot less than freezing them off.
One of the most promising findings was how frequently injecting one wart cleared up other warts on even distant body parts, Dr. Horn said. It’s also particularly useful for large warts, because only a small area needs to be injected to achieve a cure.