Friday, May 8, 2015

May 8, 1885: Jordan

Tonight we learn about a lynching in Alabama from The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana) dated May 10, 1885:

Lynching a Negro Ravisher

[SPECIAL TO THE PICAYUNE.]

CHATTANOOGA, May 9.—Near Tuscumbia, Ala., on the night of the 6th, a negro named Jordan entered the room of Miss Alice Davis, a highly respectable young white lady. Her screams awoke her father, who shot Jordan through the ear. He was captured by the neighbors and taken to jail. Last night a mob of about one hundred broke open the jail, took Jordan out and hanged him to the county bridge, where his body was found this morning.

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

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