Saturday, May 30, 2015

May 30, 1901: Frank Reeves

Today we learn about a lynching in Alabama through the pages of The Ottawa Daily Republic (Ottawa, Kansas) dated May 31, 1901:

A Negro Lynched by a Mob.

Birmingham, Ala., May 31.—Frank Reeves, a negro, was hanged by a mob between Georgiana and Dunham, two villages in Butler county, yesterday. The negro attempted to assault Miss Ada McMillin and while trying to drag her from a buggy was frightened away by several young men who had responded to the young woman's screams for help. Reeves was captured and confessed his crime. A mob took him to a bridge near by and, after tying a rope around his neck, forced him to jump off.

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


  1. Who is ada ? Did she live in iowa?

    1. Ada McMillin is the woman Reeves attempted to assault. She appears to have lived in Alabama where the lynching occurred.