Saturday, September 19, 2015

January 12, 1894: Charles Willis

Today we learn about a lynching in Florida through the pages of The News (Frederick, Maryland) dated January 15, 1894:

Brutal Florida Lynchers.

ROCHELLE, Fla., Jan. 15.—Thursday night Charles Willis, a negro desperado, was shot and seriously wounded by Thomas Petrower, a white man. Friday night unknown parties went to the house where Willis was lying wounded, riddled him with buckshot and the fired the bed on which the negro was resting, his body being cremated. The parties were evidently afraid the negro would recover from the wound inflicted by Petrower.

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

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