Thursday, August 6, 2015

March 21, 1898: John Calloway

Today we have a lynching that occurred in Northern Alabama, in fact very close to the area where I used to volunteer at a museum. This lynching is brought to us through the pages of The Wichita Beacon (Wichita, Kansas) dated March 23, 1898:


Atlanta, Ga., March 22.—John Calloway, a negro, was lynched near round Mountain, in Northern Alabama, last night. He had been paying attention to a young white girl named Stout for several months. The young woman's father became cognizant of the affair yesterday and the lynching followed.

I am including a mention of the lynching found in the March 25th edition of The Interior Journal (Stanford, Kentucky) because I appreciate the brevity and reality of it:

John Calloway, a Negro, was lynched in Northern Alabama because he paid court to a white girl, who did not object to his attentions.

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

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