The Cinder Yard
Richard Wright and his friends would have play-wars here.
Broken Milk Bottle
Wright describes how, when young, he and his friends tried to have a cinder war with white children, one of whom threw this at him, seriously cutting his neck.
Big Boy hides here, and from this vantage point he sees Bobo tarred and burnt alive by the lynch mob.
Old Man Harvey's Swimming Hole
The chain of killing that forces Big Boy to leave town begins here.
Elder Peters' son drives this to Chicago.
The White Rowboat
Mann must use this to get his sick and pregnant wife to the hospital.
Mann's wife dies here, and later he must help evacuate the building.
Black males in the town, including Mann, are pressed into service at gunpoint to shore this up with sandbags.
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