Sunday, May 3, 2015

May 3, 1901: Felton Brigmen and Grant Johnson; May 3, 1893: James Collins

Today we learn about 2 Louisiana lynchings from the Harrisburg Daily Independent (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania) dated May 4, 1901:


By Associated Press.

Shreveport, La., May 4.—Two lynchings are reported in specials to the "Times" at Rhodesa, twenty-four miles above here. Felton Brigmen, a negro, was lynched for ass[a]ulting and brutally  abusing a 6-year-old colored girl. He is supposed to have been lynched by negroes. Brigmen confessed his crime.

At Alden Bridge, six miles from Benton, in Bossier parish, Grant Johnson was strung up by a mob. Johnson kept a negro gambling house and was a menace to the peace of the neighborhood. He had been warned to leave, but refused. About a year ago Johnson killed a negro, but escaped punishment. He was defiant to the last.

Because I can not know for certain that the two men were lynched on the 3rd (no article mentions a date that I found), I am sharing another lynching that occurred on Wednesday, May 3, 1893. This lynching is found in The Indianapolis News (Indianapolis, Indiana) dated May 5, 1893:

A Horsethief Lynched.

LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 5.—James Collins, a horsethief, was lynched at Sherman, Ky., Wednesday night by a mob composed of farmers. Collins had stolen a number of horses in that neighborhood lately and fled to Decatur, Ill. He was being brought back from that place when the mob boarded the train and took him from the officer in charge. Every man in the mob wore a mask, but some of them were recognized and they will be prosecuted for murder.Some of Collins's friends claim he was crazy and not responsible for his acts. His father killed himself and he has a sister in the Lexington asylum.

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

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