Thursday, October 16, 2014

October 16, 1889: James Hickey and Unknown Negro

Today I bring you two different lynchings that happened on the same date. I truly hate when I have no name for the lynched person, it seems horrible to me that even the name has been taken from the victim. I may not be able to give you the name, but I can give you the sparse details that the paper has printed.  Today's lynchings come from the Morning Oregonian (Portland, Oregon) dated October 18, 1889:


People Who Prefer the Pistol to the Operation of law.

COLUMBIA, Tenn., Oct. 17—A negro, whose name is unknown, under arrest for striking another man, was taken from the officer yesterday by the man's friends and strung up, but cut down before dead and taken away. The officers have been searching for him all night. It is believed he has been lynched.


KANSAS CITY, Oct. 17—W. R. Hildebrand was arrested at Birmingham last night for rape. A lynching party was organized, but the officers escaped with the prisoner to Clay county. The lynchers followed. The officers again eluded them, and are now with the prisoner.


COLUMBIA, S. C., Oct. 17—Robert Berrier, white, who last week murdered his mother-in-law at Lexington, N. C., was taken from the jail there by a mob and lynched.


BRIGHAM, Ala., Oct. 17—James Hickey was lynched in Chilton county yesterday for murder.

I did not add Robert Berrier to the list because he was lynched on the fourteenth and not the sixteenth. Thank you for joining me today, and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.

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