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:
LYNCHERS GROWING BOLDER.
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.