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Monday, December 18, 1995 - Page updated at 12:00 AM

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Riot Survivor Minnie Langley, 82

AP

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Minnie Lee Langley, who survived a white mob's destruction of her black hamlet in 1923 and helped win restitution from the state 70 years later, died Saturday after undergoing surgery for cancer. She was 82.

Ms. Langley was one of nine elderly Rosewood survivors who each received $150,000 this year after the Florida Legislature approved a $2 million compensation plan. Officials are reviewing the names of more than 100 descendants who may also receive shares of the money.

The state acknowledged it failed to protect the families who fled from a white mob that wiped out Rosewood, a community of about 350 African Americans on the Gulf Coast 100 miles north of Tampa.

At least six African Americans and two whites were killed, and the mob destroyed almost every home and building in the ensuing several days in a fruitless search for an African-American man accused of assaulting a white woman.

Ms. Langley, 9 at the time, hid in the nearby woods and then made her way to Jacksonville, where she spent her life making brushes and brooms. She later testified before lawmakers about the rampage.

"I never lost my faith," Ms. Langley said in May 1994. "It's been a long way to go."

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