Saturday, August 16, 2014
August 16, 1907: Will Clifford
The following article is from the Daily Press (Newport News, Virginia) dated August 17, 1907:
Black Brute Lynched.
(By Associated Press.)
MEMPHIS, TENN., Aug. 16.—Will Clifford, a negro, was arrested at Tiptonville, Tenn., and confessed to assaulting Mrs. Mary Cowan (white) and throwing her body into the river, also that he killed another woman a year ago. Constable Burrus secreted Clifford in a barn to avoid a mob that threatened the jail. Burrus finally started with Clifford for Maple, Ky., but a posse caught up with them. The constable was overpowered and the negro strung up.