Tuesday, August 4, 2015

June 14, 1899: Edward Gray

Today we learn about lynching in Louisiana through the pages of the Carolina Mascot (Statesville, N. C.) dated June 22, 1899:

A Sick Negro Lynched.

New Orleans Dispatch, 16th.

Edward Gray, a negro who was arrested in St. John parish about a year ago, with Charles Morrelle, another negro, and charged with a series of burglaries, was lynched today, having been released by the authorities because there was no evidence against him. 

Since his confinement Gray had been very sick, and when released he started to the home of friends in the parish St. Peter. He made his as far as Reserve, where his strength gave out. Charles Thibodeaux gave the negro a blanket and allowed him to sleep of an outhouse. During the night a mob crossed the river, and taking Gray from where he was resting, hung him to a tree. The lynching is bitterly denounced, and Judge Rost has instructed the grand jury of the parish to make every effort to bring the guilty parties to justice. Morrelle, the other negro arrested, was lynched last November.

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

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