Wednesday, September 9, 2015

September 10, 1930: "Pig" Lockett and Holly White

Today we learn about a Mississippi lynching through the pages of The Anniston Star (Anniston, Alabama) dated September 11, 1930:


Scooba Residents Condemn Lynching of Two Negroes Near City

SCOOBA, Miss., Sept. 11. (U.P.)—Citizens of Scooba today openly condemned the hanging of two negroes charged with highway robbery near here yesterday. Although officials remained silent it was believed an investigation would be conducted to determine the leaders of the mob.

Doubt was manifest by both citizens and authorities as to the guilt of the negroes. The victims, "Pig" Lockett and Holly White, were alleged to have robbed Thomas McCoy and his wife, of Fayetteville, Tenn., of $45, on the highway between here and Athens, Ala., last Friday. They denied any part in the crime and were to be arraigned here yesterday. A third negro is being sought for the robbery.

The lynching took place six miles north of here in a thickly wooded section. Members of the mob stopped the car in which the negroes and J. J. Dotson and Guy Byrd, deputy sheriffs, were riding and demanded that Lockett and White be turned over to them. The officers refused and were overpowered and tied to nearby trees. They watch helplessly while ropes were hastily placed around the negroes' necks and their bodies jerked from the ground.

The mob dispersed quietly immediately after the lynching.

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

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