Friday, October 23, 2015

March 10, 1886: Negro Boy

Today we learn about a lynching in South Carolina through the pages of The Stevens Point Journal (Stevens Point, Wisconsin) dated March 20, 1886:

A Thirteen-Year-Old Boy Lynched.

CHARLESTON, S. C., March 12.—A negro boy about thirteen years old, employed by Mrs. Gideon Sauls, a widow living at Furniss Cross-roads, entered the chamber of the widow at daybreak the other day and knocked her senseless with an axe. He then robbed the house and fled. During the day Mrs. Sauls recovered sufficiently to call a passer-by and inform him of the crime. The boy was soon after captured and taken to jail at Ridgeland. He confessed his crime and said that it was instigated by a negro woman employed by Mrs. Sauls. Wednesday the boy was taken from the jail by a mob and hanged to a gate-post.

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

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