On this day: the Rhythm Club fire

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On the 23rd of April, 1940 a packed club in Natchez, Mississippi caught fire, killing 209 people and seriously wounding many others.

It remains one of the worst fires in US history.

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Because windows and possible escape routes had been boarded up to prevent people outside from enjoying the music, very few people could escape. Most of the victims were African-American.

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2 thoughts on “On this day: the Rhythm Club fire

  1. It’s incredible how this is still one of the worst fires (4th) in American history. If you read deep into it, it was truly a disaster waiting to happen.
    As you said, the place had been boarded up and the fire started near the entrance. Top that with the Spanish Moss used as decoration throughout the club was outgassing methane as it decayed and had been sprayed with a petroleum based insecticide. Truly sad event.

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