Wednesday, August 27, 2014

August 27, 1905: John Moore

The Daily News (Mount Carmel, Pennsylvania) dated August 28, 1905:


Hanged From Bridge and His Body Riddled With Bullets.

Newberne, N. C., Aug. 28.—John Moore, a negro, 20 years of age, was taken from the Craven county jail in this city and lynched by a mob of 100 masked men armed with rifles and revolvers.

With his hands tied behind him, the negro was led about a third of a mile from the jail to the draw of the Neuse river bridge, hanged to one of its braces and his body riddled with bullets.  Entrance to the jail was effected by forcing the jailer to surrender the keys. Sheriff J. W. Biddle was quickly on the scene pleading that Moore be left to the law, but his efforts were unavailing and the mob carried out its plans.

Moore entered the country store of George Eubanks, at Clarks, seven miles from Newberne, last Friday, when the proprietor's wife was the only one in. The negro attempted robbery and struck Mrs. Eubank [sic] on the head with a meat ave, fracturing bone and inflicting injuries which, if they do not prove fatal, will at least cause not only disfigurement but lifelong suffering.  Mrs. Eubanks screamed and people came to her rescue. The negro fled, but was captured in a swamp after a chase of a few miles and was placed in jail.

This article of interest comes from The Roxboro Courier (Roxboro, N. C.) dated August 27, 1902:

The negroes lynched for the murder of Chief of Police Wilmoth in West Virginia are now proven to be innocent.  The negro who fired the fatal shot was Jim Black and he has not yet been captured. Such incidents as this are among the many powerful arguments against lynch law.—Raleigh Times

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