Tuesday, May 5, 2015

May 5, 1900: Unknown Negro

Today we learn about a lynching in Alabama through the pages of The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana) dated May 7, 1900:



A Negro Lynched for an Assault.

Geneva, Ala. May 6.—An unknown negro about 20 years old, barefooted and of ginger color, was lynched three miles from here yesterday. He assaulted a 12-year-old white girl near Hartford, in this county, on Tuesday, and was captured two days later and taken before the mayor of Hartford for preliminary trial. He confessed, and was remanded to Hartford for trial. The officers claim that when about three miles from Geneva they were overpowered by armed men, who took charger of the prisoner and carried him into the woods. He was found dead, hanging to a limb not far from the public road leading from this place to Hartford.

The article of interest I am sharing is of particular interest to me because I am from Berkeley county, South Carolina. Although, I can honestly say I have no idea where Hell Hole Swamp is found. This article comes from The Austin Weekly Statesman (Austin, Texas) dated May 12, 1892:

Race Riot in Hell Hole.

CHARLESTON, S. C., May 10.—Rumors reached here of a lynching in Hell Hole Swamp township, Berkeley county. It is reported a negro attempted to assassinate Ezra Bull and that a crowd of residents lynched the murderer.

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

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