Thursday, October 29, 2015

March, 1894: Unknown Negro Woman

Today we learn about a lynching in Arkansas through the pages of The Times (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) dated March 12, 1894:


The Body, Bearing a Ghastly Warning, Found Hanging From a Tree.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., March 11.—The colored population of this city is greatly exercised over the reported ghastly discovery made by several of their color in returning from Marche to-day. About half way between this city and Marche they found the dead body of a young mulatto woman, probably about 30 years old, suspended to the limb of a tree.

On her bosom was a placard bearing the inscription:  "If anybody cuts this body down they will share the same fate."

Several parties reported finding the body. It is supposed the woman was lynched, but when, by whom and for what reason no one has been able to state. The body appeared to have been suspended several days.

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

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