Monday, July 20, 2015

June 21, 1908: Ernest Williams

Today we learn about an unusual lynching in Arkansas through the pages of The Cincinnati Enquirer (Cincinnati, Ohio) dated June 23, 1908:


Took One of Their Own Race and Hanged Him To a Pole.


Hamburg, Ark., June 22.—A mob of enraged negro women last night dragged Ernest Williams, a negro, to a telegraph pole on the outskirts of Parkdale, a town in this county, and lynched him.

Negro women of that town are reported to have organized a league to enforce better moral conduct of their race. Williams's [sic] conduct was offensive to some of the women.

The place is remote from telegraphic communication and no further details of the affair have been received.

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

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