Tuesday, June 10, 2014
June 10, 1894: James Perry
This one is a little different. I have found three newspaper accounts and I will put in all of them since they are all short. I'll start with the April 30, 1899 Santa Cruz Sentinel (Santa Cruz, California.) This is just a small bit in the middle of a column titled "Awful Record of Lynchings."
June 10, 1898 at Knoxville, Ark., James Perry was shut up in a cabin because he had smallpox and was burned to death.
This is from the Freeborn County Standard (Albert Lea, Minnesota) dated June 20, 1894. This is in the middle of a column titled "West and South."
UNKNOWN persons killed James Perry, a Virginia negro who introduced smallpox into Knoxville, Tenn.
And finally, this article from tThe Daily Democrat (Huntington, Indiana) June 12, 1894.
Killed for Carrying the Plague.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn., June 12.--James Perry, a Virginia negro who introduced smallpox into Knoxville last winter, was killed by unknown persons near the police headquarters.
The first one had the date 1898, but all the ones before it were dated 1893. Personally, I believe it was a typo, since the other papers were from 1894. It also states Knoxville, Arkansas instead of Knoxville, Tennessee. I assume that, too, is a typo. It is sad to think that a man being lynched for having a disease had so little notice than a sentence in each of the three papers.