“Rosewood” refers to the Rosewood Massacrethat took place on January 1, 1923 in Rosewood, Florida–an all-black town.According to the website BlackPast.
org, “the massacre was instigated by therumor that a white woman, Fanny Taylor, had been sexually assaulted by a blackman”. A group of Caucasian men believed that the rapist was a man named JesseHunter who was hiding in Rosewood. The group decided to travel to Rosewood andconfront Hunter and his supposed accomplices (Aaron Carrier and Sam Carter).When the mob arrived at the Carrier house, they killed both Sarah Carrier(Aaron Carrier’s aunt) and the Carrier’s dog.
In an attempt to protect what wasleft of his home, Sylvester Carrier–Sarah Carrier’s son–killed two men andinjured four others before he was also murdered (blackpast.org). News of this attack spread, butmany did not care that whites had killed an innocent black woman (and a dog).What caught people’s attention was the fact that a black man had killed twowhites. This caused the “white mob” (blackpast.org) to gain more supporters.The group grew from around 20 or 30 people to over 200 participants. These 200or so white men ravaged Rosewood, leaving nothing behind but a deserted townand nine survivors, yet somehow no one was charged with the murders at Rosewood.