Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24, 1882: Charles Thurber

Today we travel to a lynching in the Dakota Territory in 1882. This lynching i brought to us through the pages of the Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye (Burlington, Iowa) dated October 26, 1882:

The Outrages of a Beastly Black Brute.

Chicago, Oct. 24.—A Grand Forks, D. T., special says:  Yesterday Charles Lurbane, a negro barber, met a Norwegian girl on the road and ravished her in the most brutal manner. He rode on about a mile, entered the house of Conductor Sam Burbank, of the Manitoba road, and outraged Mrs. Burbank. A party saw the first deed, and started in pursuit. At Burbank's house they killed his horse, but the black brute escaped, flourishing a knife. Two parties are now in pursuit. The negro undoubtedly will be lynched, if caught.

A BEAST LYNCHED.

Grand Forks, D. T., Oct. 24.—Charles Thurber, the negro who outraged Mrs. Burbank and the Norwegian girl near Norton, Dakota territory, yesterday, was taken from jail to-day by a mob of two thousand strong and lynched.


I originally found this lynching through www.prairiepublic.org. I went in search of it through papers afterwards. If you would like to read the article where I first found this lynching you can find it here.
Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder. 

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