Saturday, February 7, 2015

February 7, 1913: Andrew Williams

The lynching we learn about today involves two lynchings, one for today and one tomorrow. We learn about the February 7th lynching from the pages of The Waxahachie Daily Light (Waxahachie, Texas) dated February 7, 1913:

MOB SWINGS UP A NEGRO

ANDREW WILLIAMS IS LYNCHED BY MOB OF INFURIATED PEOPLE.

WHITE WOMAN SLAIN

The Negro Was Accused of Murdering Wife of Deputy Chancery Clerk at Houston, Miss.

Special to the Daily Light.

Houston, Miss., Feb. 7.—Andrew Williams, a negro, was lynched here today.

Williams was suspected of being guilty of the crime of murdering Mrs. John C. Williams, the bride of the deputy chancery clerk here. Mrs. Williams body was found in a pit under her home yesterday, where she had been murdered. She had been brutally clubbed and a diamond ring which she is known to have been wearing was missing.

The negro was arrested on suspicion and placed in jail. He was dragged from the jail this morning by an infuriated mob of citizens.

Williams refused to confess, saying:  "You will do the same thing to me if I tell you the truth that you will do if I don't."

Two negro women said they saw the negro man enter the Williams home.


Tomorrow I will feature the second lynching involved with this case. Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder. 

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