Announcing “The Romey Lynchings” Website

On May 17th, 1929, two Lebanese immigrants in Lake City, Florida were murdered in a tragic tale of racial violence against Arab immigrants. Hasna Romey was killed by police while defending her husband and business, and her husband, N’oula, was imprisoned and lynched by members of the Ku Klux Klan in retaliation for his wife’s actions.

To share this story, the Khayrallah Center has published an interactive website. On the website, you will find a full length narrative (in both English and Arabic) of the tragic events leading up to May 17th, 1929, a detailed timeline and interactive map compiled from extensive research and eye witness accounts, primary source documents including newspaper articles, and letters to Florida’s governor, and family photographs generously donated by descendants of the Romey’s and their cousins.

We hope that viewers appreciate the gravity of this story and learn about the complex experiences of Lebanese immigrants to the United States. The story of N’oula and Hasna brings to light, albeit through its most terrifying outcome, an experience of racial violence and prejudice which many Lebanese and Arab immigrants have faced both in the past and today.

A documentary film is scheduled for release in Spring, 2020.

We welcome your comments and feedback on this project!

3 responses on “Announcing “The Romey Lynchings” Website

  1. Suha Naimy Haddada says:

    Keep up the great work!

  2. Samir Toubassy says:

    “Gibran’s Message To Young Americans of Greater Syrian Origin”
    Is a lesson in civics to all the young people of today who are struggling with new/ and ethics of the past. Right and wrong real and fake.
    I have copy of the message which i can share.
    I’m retired in Santa Monica and would love to help in this project

    1. Marjorie Stevens says:

      Dear Mr. Toubassy, Thank you for your interest in the the project. We hope to screen the film in the Los Angeles area, keep your eyes out for announcements and join our list serve for updates. Also thank you for your kind offer to share Gibran’s message to Young Americans, but we actually have a copy of this in our reference collections. Kind regards, M. Stevens, Senior Researcher

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