Thursday, October 2, 2014

October 2, 1901: Jimbo Fields and Clarence Garnett

Join me for a journey through a moment in history. Today we find our lynching in the Belvidere Daily Republican (Belvidere, Illinois) on October 3, 1901:

Two Negroes Lynched.

Shelbyville, Ky., Oct. 3.—Jimbo Fields, aged 16, and Clarence Garnett, aged 18, both colored, were lynched here at two o'clock Wednesday morning for the alleged murder of Will C. Hart, a printer who was stoned to death on the night of Saturday, September 21 last. The boys were taken from the jail and swung from the Chesapeake & Ohio trestle beyond the depot and within 500 yards of the jail. The mobs work was done so quietly that no other citizen save the jailer and two or three others knew of it for several hours afterward.

Hart came to Shelbyville from Lebanon, O., and at the time of his death was employed as a printer on the Shelby Sentinel.

The details of his death are not accurately known, but it is conceded to be a fact that Fields and Garnett were his murderers. Hart's body was found at seven o'clock on Saturday night, September 21, in a path leading from the house of Annie Fields, the mother of Jimbo Fields, in a negro settlement at Shelbyville, called Bucktown.

We have one more stop on this journey through history. We find this little interesting tidbit in The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, N. Y.) dated December 8, 1894:

Murdered by White Caps.

Springfield, Ky., December 8—Two masked men forced an entrance into the house of Thomas Edgington between 12 and 1 o'clock yesterday and in the presence of his wife and five children shot him dead. Edgington had been anonymously warned several times by white caps about abusing his family. It is thought that the white caps intended to give Edgington a severe thrashing, but upon meeting resistance killed him for fear of being recognized. No clew.

Thank you for joining me in another traipse through history, and as always, I hope I have given you something to ponder. 

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