Monday, December 29, 2014

December 29, 1904: Herbert Simmons

The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N. C.) dated December 30, 1904:


Taken From Officers and Strung Up—Was Charged With Murdering a Prominent White Man.

Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 29.—A special to The Constitution from Neal, Ga., says that Herbert Simmons, a negro, was lynched there to-day for the killing of J. A. Park, a white man and one of the community's best known citizens.

The negro was taken from the officers by infuriated citizens while being carried to the Zebulon jail, and after being strung up on a tree his body was riddled with bullets.

Mr. Park was murdered on the night of December 27, his skull being crushed in with a large stick. The coroner's verdict was that he came to his death at the hands of Herbert Simmons.

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

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