Tuesday, February 24, 2015

February 24, 1913: Willis Webb February 24, 1890: Bob Pope and son

Today I am featuring two different lynchings. The first lynching comes to us through the pages of The Indiana Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania) dated February 24, 1913:

HANGED BY MOB OF BLACKS

Negro Fugitive Who Kills Four Lynched With Scant Ceremony.

Drew, Miss., Feb. 24.—Willis Webb, negro, was lynched by members of his own race on a plantation in a remote section of Sunflower county, after he had shot and killed two negro women and two negro men.

Webb, charged with the murder of a member of his race two years ago, fled to Arkansas. He returned to induce Clara Love, a negress, and her mother to go back with him, shot them to death. When the elder Love and his son appeared Webb opened fire with a pistol and killed both. A large mob of negroes caught him and with little ceremony hanged him to a tree.


Our second lynching comes to us through the pages of The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) dated February 28, 1890:

THEY WERE OBNOXIOUS CITIZENS,

And as a Consequence They Were Put Out of the Way.

CHARLESTON, S. C., February 27.—[Special.] A special received here from Varnville, Hampton county, tonight, states that Bob Pope and his eleven-year-old son were killed in that county on Monday night by parties in ambush. The two were on their way home from Cummins's mill when they were killed. When the bodies were discovered it was found that Bob Pope's throat had been cut from ear to ear after he had been shot. The special does not say whether the Popes are whites or blacks, but says they were obnoxious citizens, and it is supposed their slayers were white men. These are all the details available now.


This last article is from the Warrenton Gazette (Warrenton, N. C.) dated March 7, 1890:

BOB POPE, a white man of bad character, with his son, eleven years old, were shot dead while riding from Cumming's Mill to their home in Hampton County, S. C.


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

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