Friday, July 10, 2015

May 10, 1897: Charles Jackson

Today we learn about a lynching in the May 12, 1897 edition of the Salina Daily Republican-Journal (Salina, Kansas):


JACKSON, La., May 12.—Ward Constable F. M. Norworthy left here for Clinton, La., about 8 p. m. Monday, having in custody a negro, Charles Jackson, who was charged with attempting to wreck a train on the Jackson railroad. When about 5 1/2 miles from Jackson, near Redwood bridge, he was halted and surrounded by an armed body of men, who relieved him of his prisoner and allowed the constable to return to Jackson. The body of the negro, Charles Jackson, was found at an early hour yesterday hanging from a tree some distance from where he was taken from the officer. Judge r. S. Austin, of the Third ward justice's court, was notified, who summoned a jury and held an inquest. The verdict was, "hanged by parties unknown."

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

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