Tuesday, January 13, 2015

January 13, 1921: William Beard

The Daily Advance (Elizabeth City, N. C.) dated January 13, 1921:

Mob Storms Jail And Lynches Miner

Jasper, Ala., Jan. 13.—A mob stormed Walker County jail here at three o'clock this morning and lynched William Beard, a miner held in connection with the killing of James Morris, National Guardsman, last month.

Beard was taken from jail and shot to death three miles from here. It was at first believed that friends had effected his release, but later a mail carrier found the body riddled with bullets.

The Daily Free Press (Kinston, N. C.) dated January 17, 1921:

Seven Arrested

Guardsmen Charged With Lynching Beard.

(By the United Press)

Birmingham, Jan. 17.—Four non-commissioned officers and three privates of a company of national guardsmen are under arrest following the confession of another member of the company that guardsmen lynched William Beard, a miner, at Jasper Thursday.

The La Plata Republican (La Plata, Missouri) dated January 28, 1921:

Ten members of Company M, Alabama National Guard, are held in the Jefferson county jail at Birmingham in connection with the death of William Beard, who was taken from the Walker county jail and lynched.

I could not find anything about a trial for the men arrested in connection with the lynching. Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.

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