Saturday, December 27, 2014

December 27, 1889: Bud Wilson

The Newton Daily Republican (Newton, Kansas) dated December 30, 1889:


BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 29.—News has reached here of the lynching in a remote part of Tuscaloosa County night before last of a negro named Bud Wilson. He entered the house of James Fowler, a well-to-do white farmer, and attempted to assault Mrs. Fowler during her husband's absence. The woman's screams for help brought in several neighbors and the negro fled. Yesterday afternoon he was arrested by two deputy sheriffs fifteen miles from Tuscaloosa, and while en route to the jail the party was overtaken by an armed posse of fifty men. Wilson was taken from the officers and hanged to a tree and the body riddled with bullets. The negro confessed to the crime before he was swung off. He was a notoriously bad character and was wanted on several charges.

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

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