Saturday, August 2, 2014

August 1, 1893: Henry Reynolds

On the 5th of January 1894 the Marion Record (Marion, Kansas) listed the lynchings for 1893.  For the date of August the 1st, the following lynching is listed:

Aug. 1—Henry Reynolds, negro, murdered white man named Marsh, assaulting his wife and mutilating their two children, near Montgomery, Ala.

A more detailed article is to be found in the Fayette County Leader (Fayette, Iowa) dated August 11, 1893:


Henry Reynolds Kills a Father, Mutilates Two Children and Assaults the Mother—Hanged by a Mob.

MONTGOMERY, Tex., Aug. 3.—The most diabolical crime ever committed in this county was perpetrated about nine miles north of this place last Sunday night.  A negro named Henry Reynolds entered the house of Mr. Marsh, murdered him, dragged his body out in the yard, then returned and broke the leg of the oldest son, aged 8; fractured the skull of the baby, 1 year old; dragged  the mother out in the yard, assaulted her and left her for dead.  He returned the next day at noon to find Mrs. Marsh still alive and said he had come back to finish her, but was discovered and captured before he could complete his crime.  He was fully identified, and Monday evening, on the scene of his crime, by many willing hands was swung into eternity.

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