After the office of the Memphis Free Speech newspaper was destroyed and a price put on her
head, Ida B. Wells became an exile from Memphis, Tennessee in 1892. She went to New York City
where she wrote and started speaking to large groups of people about the brutal realities of
lynching. She subsequently spent several weeks in the United Kingdom during 1893 speaking
about these realities.
In 1894, Ida B. Wells returned to England where she continued to speak about the lawlessness
in the United States. Her column, “Ida B. Wells Abroad,” for the The Daily Inter Ocean newspaper
and some personal correspondence provide a vivid picture of the challenges, triumphs, alliances
and obstacles that Ida B. Wells encountered in her efforts to elicit support from the British to impact
change in the United States.