Thursday, December 11, 2014

December 11, 1914: Charles Washington and Breard Henderson

We learn about two men being lynched and a third man probably lynched through the pages of The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) dated December 12, 1914:


Shreveport, La., December 11.—Watkins Lewis, a negro, was removed from the parish jail here tonight by a mob. He was placed in an automobile and driven rapidly away. It is believed that he will be lynched.

Shreveport, La., December 11.—Charles Washington and Breard Henderson, negroes, who last night killed and robbed Cyrus Hotchkin, white, near Mooringsport, La., and were brought five miles from Shreveport while being transferred to Mansfield, La., for safe-keeping.

They were hanged to a tree near the roadway by a mob of about fifty men.

According to the police who arrested Washington and Henderson here last night, the negroes confessed that they killed Hotchkin, an oil field employee, for the purpose of robbery.

Hotchkin came to Moorinsport recently. His mother lives in Chiloquin, Ore.

Another article had the name Beard and The American Black Holocaust Museum has his name as Bead, but most of the articles had it as Breard. Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.

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