Thursday, April 16, 2015

April 16, 1915: Caesar Sheffield

Today we learn about a Georgia lynching from the Keowee Courier (Pickens, S. C.) dated April 21, 1915:

Georgia Negro Lynched.

Valdosta, Ga., April 17.—News reached here to-day that Caesar Sheffield, a negro prisoner, was taken from the jail at Lake Park late last night and shot to death by unknown parties. No arrests have been made.

Sheffield was arrested yesterday, charged with stealing meat from the smoke-house of Elder A. B. Herring and put in jail to await trial.

During the night the prison was forced open. Mose Oppenheim, who lives near by, went to investigate, but was driven back by pistol shots.

Sheffield's body was found this morning in a field some distance away.

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

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