Friday, December 19, 2014

December 19, 1909: George Bailey

Today our article comes from The Indianapolis Star (Indianapolis, Indiana) dated December 21, 1909:


Arkansas White Citizens Kill Negro in Cell—His Friends Threaten.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Dec. 20.—Following the shooting to death in his cell at Devalls Bluff, Ark., last night of George Bailey, a negro, by a mob and the gathering in protest today of a number of negroes a clash between the races at that point is not improbable, according to a dispatch tonight.

Bailey shot and probably fatally wounded Matt Todd, a well-known planter, late yesterday and was placed in jail at once. Late last night the mob stormed the jail and gained access to the cell corridor. Steel bars and a stout cell lock, however, withstood attack. Then as the terrified man crouched in a corner of the cell, fifteen bullets of a fusillade discharged at him entered his body.

Today negroes from the countryside gathered at Devalls Bluff to voice their protest and, in anticipation of a retaliatory outbreak, white citizens under arms tonight patrol the streets while others sleep on their weapons.

Than you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.

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