Sunday, October 5, 2014

October 5, 1882: John Brooks

Today's lynching comes from The Saint Paul Globe (Saint Paul, Minnesota) dated October 6, 1882, although I could have taken it from quite a few publications since they all printed the same thing, this newspaper was the easiest to read:


CHATTANOOGA, Oct. 5.—A special to the Daily Times from Armiston, Ala., says:  Two days ago a burly negro, John Brooks, brutally assaulted a little girl on the outskirts of the town. He was captured on the 4th and lodged in jail at Jacksonville. This afternoon at the preliminary trial he confessed his guilt. The judge ordered him to jail. A large crowd took the prisoner out of the sheriff's hands, carried him to the outskirts of town and hanged him. The crowd was quiet and determined.

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