Thursday, February 5, 2015

February 5, 1887: Unknown Negro

The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky) dated February 7, 1887:


A Brute Receives Justice at the Hands of a Mob.

CARTERSVILLE, GA., Feb.6—[Special.]—News has just reached here that a negro was lynched last night by an infuriated mob. Late on Thursday evening the fifteen-year-old daughter of T. A. Kendrick started out for the house of a neighbor. As she did not return by dark her mother became alarmed and ran down the road to look for her. She met her husband, who was returning home from Summerville, to whom she told the story. Just then a negro darted from a clump of bushes by the road-side and ran off. Mr. Kendrick went to the spot whence the negro came, and found there his daughter, who had been bound and gagged and terribly abused. When able to talk, the girl told the full story of the assault. It aroused the people to madness, and with lanterns in hand, they divided out over the county with the determined purpose of lynching the offender, if caught. The rumor which reaches here this evening is to the effect that they have succeeded.

For the most part I try to present the articles and leave personal opinion out of the post, but I especially hate the lynchings in which the victim has no name. How could they know they had caught the perpetrator if they didn't even bother to find out who the man was. He could have just as easily stumbled upon the girl and panicked. I found a longer article, but it was too faint to read and transcribe the whole thing.  Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.

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