Tuesday, February 10, 2015

February 10, 1908: Eli Pigot

The Ocala Evening Star (Ocala, Florida) dated February 11, 1908:


SOLDIERS DIDN'T SHOOT

So the Men of Brookhaven, Miss., Lynched a Rapist in a Hundred Yards of the Courthouse

Brookhaven, Miss., Feb. 11,—Eli Pigot, the negro who criminally assaulted Miss Williams, a young white woman, near here several weeks ago, was taken from the custody of the Jackson military company and a posse of deputies yesterday and hanged from a telegraph pole within less than a hundred yards of the courthouse.

The military and the police were overpowered by a mob of two thousand citizens. Several shots were fired during the melee, and two members of the mob were wounded. The soldiers drove off the mob at first with clubbed muskets and started for the courthouse with their prisoner. The mob was reinforced, however, and making another attack, secured the prisoner and hung him.


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