Saturday, December 19, 2015

April 25, 1898: Columbus Lewis

Today we learn about a lynching in Louisiana through the pages of The Sedalia Democrat (Sedalia, Missouri) dated April 27, 1898:

Negro Killed by a Mob.

Scripps-McRae Telegram.

NEW ORLEANS, April 27.—Columbus Lewis, a negro living in Lincoln parish, was shot to death by a mob two days ago.

Lewis had quarrelled with a white man who attempted to flog him. The next night a party of twelve men came to Lewis' house and shot him to death. There is great indignation over the crime.

The following is an article published by a Louisiana paper, The Lafayette Advertiser (Lafayette, Louisiana) dated April 30, 1898:


—A young negro named Columbus Lewis, living at the place of G. W. Dye, Jr., in Lincoln parish near Ruston, was most foully murdered, a few nights ago, by a mob of white men.

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

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