Monday, March 23, 2015

March 23, 1900: Lewis Rice

Today we learn about a Tennessee lynching found in The Indianapolis News (Indianapolis, Indiana) dated March 23, 1900:


Lewis Rice, a Negro, was Hanged by a Mob.

RIPLEY, Tenn., March 23.—This morning in the heart of the town the body of the negro, Lewis Rice, was found dangling from the limb of a tree. The lynching grew out of a trial in the Circuit Court of Lauderville county, during the course of which Rice testified in favor of one of his color, who was charged with the murder of a white man named Goodrich.

Our article of interest comes from The New York Age (New York, N. Y.) dated December 7, 1905:


Mississippi Mob Slaughtered the Wrong Person.

MEMPHIS, Tenn., December 1.—A dispatch to The Commercial-Appeal from Kosciusko, Miss., says that posses of armed citizens are searching the woods for Rufus Ousley, an Afro-American, who shot and killed Lucius Love, a prominent planter of Sprocks, yesterday, while Mr. Love and several other men were endeavoring to place him under arrest. Ousley was charged with having written an insulting letter to a white woman.

Bob Kennedy, colored, was found dead four miles from the scene of the killing yesterday. Afro-Americans living in the house with Kennedy say he was killed by a crowd of men who came to search the building. Kennedy was running away from the house when shot.

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

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