Snow Riot

Title

Snow Riot

Description

Washington's first race riot spilled to the edges of the National Mall in 1835. On August 12, angered at rumors of a slave attack on a white woman, a mob of angry white men descended on the Epicurean Eating House owned by Mr. Beverly Snow at Sixth and Pennsylvania Avenues. A successful African American entrepreneur, Snow fled his restaurant while the mobs continued to attack the property of free blacks across the city. The upheaval became known as the Snow Riot. Afterwards, Black Codes, restrictive legislation limiting the rights of free blacks in the city, became increasingly harsh.

Source

National Intelligencer (Washington, DC), August 27, 1835.

Date

8/12/1835

Coverage

Event Sort Date

18350812

Description

Washington's first race riot spilled to the edges of the National Mall in 1835. On August 12, angered at rumors of a slave attack on a white woman, a mob of angry white men descended on the Epicurean Eating House owned by Mr. Beverly Snow at Sixth and Pennsylvania Avenues. A successful African American entrepreneur, Snow fled his restaurant while the mobs continued to attack the property of free blacks across the city. The upheaval became known as the Snow Riot. Afterwards, Black Codes, restrictive legislation limiting the rights of free blacks in the city, became increasingly harsh.

Date

8/12/1835

Coverage

1830-1859

Source

National Intelligencer (Washington, DC), August 27, 1835.