Tuesday, June 16, 2015

April/May 1900: Unknown Negro

Today we learn about a lynching in Mississippi through The Morning Post (Raleigh, N. C.) dated May 6, 1900:

LYNCHED A NEGRO FOR FUN

And Now Twelve White Men Will Be Tried for Murder

Jackson, Miss., May 5.—Several days ago a small party of white men, said to have been drunk, lynched an inoffensive negro in Amite county. Twelve of the lynchers were arrested and jailed at Liberty. They will have a preliminary hearing Monday before Chancellor Maring court there. He has appointed a special term of court will probably be called to try them. Governor Long[ino] being determined to bring the guilty parties to justice as speedily as possible. The Governor spent last night at Magnolia conferring with Judge Truly and District Attorney Ratliff, who are holding court there. He has appointed a special attorney for Magnolia, so that Ratliff may proceed at once to Liberty to prosecute the lynchers. This is the first of such trials for Mississippi and the outcome will be awaited with great interest.


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



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