Wednesday, June 24, 2015
July 16, 1897: Edmondson
Today we learn about a lynching in Alabama from The Richmond Planet (Richmond, Virginia) dated July 24, 1897:
LYNCHED A PREACHER.
An Alabama Mob Wreaks Vengeance on the Man Who Concealed Williams.
FLORENCE, ALA., July 18, '97.
For shielding Anthony Williams, colored, who was shot to death and burned for the murder of Rene Williams, a colored preacher named Edmondson was lynched and burned on Friday night, three miles from this place.
TRYING TO SAVE A LIFE.
Edmondson concealed Williams in his house, and the mob finding their victim decided to teach the preacher a lesson, but Edmondson took refuge in a colored woman's cabin. The mob hunted him down with blood hounds, and found him under the woman's bed.
BEGGED FOR MERCY.
He begged for mercy, and it is probable the mob would have limited his punishment to a thrashing had he not broken away from his captors and started to run. He was brought down with a pistol bullet, stamped nearly to death and then swung up to a tree and his body burned.
The colored woman, who concealed Edmondson, was next hauled out and whipped.
The whole country for fifty miles is excited; everybody is armed: the sheriff powerless and further race trouble is feared.
Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.