Tuesday, July 14, 2015

May 25, 1885: "Powhattan Pete"

Today the May 27, 1885 edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) is our source of information for a Tennessee lynching:

"POWHATTAN PETE" GETS SHORT SHRIFT FOR STEALING A MULE AT BROWNSVILLE, TENN.

MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 26.—[Special.]—Yesterday morning a gang of forty armed men visited the jail at Brownsville, this county, took a negro prisoner called "Powhattan Pete" from the building and quietly hanged him to a convenient tree. "Powhattan Pete" was an old penitentiary bird, and returned to Brownsville only a few weeks ago, shortly afterwards being arrested for complicity in the burglary of the house of S. C. Sayers and the subsequent theft of a mule.

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