Saturday, June 6, 2015

August 18, 1915: "Kid" Jackson and Henry Russell

Join me in a moment in history when a lynching occurred in Alabama ans was reported in The Charlotte News (Charlotte, N. C.) on August 18, 1915:


By Associated Press.

Montgomery, Ala., Aug. 18.—"Kid" Jackson and Henry Russell, negroes, were lynched at Hope Hull, ten miles from here early this morning by a masked mob. Another negro, whose name has not been learned, was rescued but he died at a local hospital later.

The negroes were charged with poisoning mules on the McLain plantation several months ago.

The mob proceeded quietly. They went to the negroes homes, bound and gagged them, riddled their bodies with bullets and threw them in a ditch. No arrests have been made as yet, although the sheriff's forces are working in the vicinity of the crime, trying to locate the lynchers.

The negroes who were lynched this morning had been tenants on the Dr. McLain farm until this year when they were replaced by white tenants. Chagrined at this action the negroes, it is alleged, began a crusade of arson and poison, but the leaders were arrested after poisoning several mules and a well and burning a barn, have been in jail here awaiting trial. Yesterday they were released on bonds and returned to the farm. This action it is believed infuriated the white farmers.

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

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