Lynching is an act of execution carried out by a mob of people outside of the usual process of law. The most common method is hanging, but shooting or burning at the stake also occur.
Lynching of African Americans was common during the period following the abolition of slavery, when legal segregation of black people was still widespread. Lynching occurs more during times of political or economic stress, such as during the Great Depression of the 1930s.
More about the history of lynching. Warning: graphic and upsetting images.
Weed is a town in the northernmost part of California, at the time best known for its lumber mill.