Come on, greg. Raymond Gunn (January 11, 1904 – January 12, 1931) was an African American killed by a mob in Maryville, Missouri, United States, after he confes Come on greg Raymond Gunn (January 11 1904 – January 12 1931) was an African American killed by a mob in Maryville Missouri United States after he confes
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Come on, greg. Raymond Gunn (January 11, 1904 – January 12, 1931) was an African American killed by a mob in Maryville, Missouri, United States, after he confes

Raymond Gunn (January 11, 1904 – January 12, 1931) was an African American killed by a mob in Maryville, Missouri, United States, after he confessed to killing and attempting to rape a white school teacher.

The case received massive national publicity because it occurred outside the Southern "lynch belt", because of its brazen and planned nature, and because the county sheriff did not activate National Guard troops that had been specifically deployed to prevent the lynching.

The case was frequently invoked in the unsuccessful attempt to pass the Wagner-Costigan Act during the presidency of Franklin Roosevelt, which would have made it a federal crime for law enforcement officials to refuse to try to prevent a lynching.

Raymond Gunn was the oldest of the eight children of Michael and Maymie Gunn, a farming family in Maryville. In the 1920 census, the family is described as mulatto. [1] In the 1930 census, Raymond Gunn is described as laborer and widower.[2]

In September 1925, Gunn was convicted of the attempted rape of a student at what is now Northwest Missouri State University, after accosting the young woman on a rural lane outside of Maryville. The student claimed that Gunn stuck his thumbs into her mouth to keep her from screaming. Gunn never confessed to the crime, and he claimed to have been beaten while in custody. He was released on January 28, 1928.

Following his release, Gunn married a local woman and moved with her to Omaha. However, his wife died of pneumonia, and he returned to Maryville, where he made a living as a hunter.[3]

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