Monday, November 9, 2015

February 2, 1892: Mrs. Martin

Today we learn about a Tennessee lynching through the pages of The Daily Democrat (Huntington, Indiana) dated February 4, 1892:


The Mother of the Martins Killed by a Lynching Mob in Tennessee.

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Feb. 4.—Another tragical event has been added to the celebrated barn-burning case which has excited Sumner county for a year or two. Eight negroes and a white man were charged with burning barns in that county. One negro was lynched by a mob near Hendersonville, one died before trial, and seven were brought to trial at Gallatin, the trial resulting in the jury being unable to agree. The second trial took place last fall and two of the defendants were sent to the penitentiary. Three were acquitted, among them two negroes named Martin. Two got a new trial, which has not yet been taken up. The Martins were warned to leave the country but returned on Christmas. Tuesday night a mob went to the cabin, where they were with their mother, and ordered them to come out. They refused to do so, whereupon the mob fired through the window and killed the mother of the two men.

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

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