Wednesday, December 2, 2015

August 16, 1904: Albert Rogers and son

Today we learn about a double lynching in Georgia through the pages of the Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) dated August 18, 1904:


More Colored Men Are Put to Death in the South.


Whites Say They Will Rid the Country of Objectionable Characters.

Statesboro, Ga., Aug. 17.—[Special.]—Two negroes found dead by the roadside, ten miles from town, Albert Rogers and his son, 17 years old, shot in their cabin during the late hours of last night by unknown marauders; half a dozen cases of flogging, which are of nightly occurrence, too frequent to excite more than passing notice—this was the history of the day in this vicinity.

It was thought for a time that one of the negroes found dead today was Handy Bell, who, it was charged, was present when the Hodges were murdered, but it develops that Bell has not been seen since his release.

At Riggs' mill, half a dozen miles from here, several well to do white planters met today and planned how to rid their neighborhood of obnoxious negroes.

More Lashings in Progress.

Individual negroes were marked for lashings, and tonight part of the program is being carried out. Two victims, a black man and a black woman, have been marked for tonight at Register, a railway station ten miles from here. Their offenses are alleged disrespectful protest against the white supremacy here.

Men of property and family make no secrets of their intentions to rid the country of bad blacks. If the lash will not quell the undesirable population, or cause them to leave, sterner measures will follow, so say the leaders.

Many Indorse [sic] Lynching.

A calmer review of yesterday's happenings than was possible last night among the citizens of Statesboro today brings some expression of regret at yesterday's violence, while many say it was "all right."

Judge Daly, presiding officer of the court, said today:  "Capt. Hitch's company had received orders not to load their guns, but to use bayonets alone in repelling the mob. Consequently those on duty about the courthouse were disarmed by the crowd and their guns were not returned to them until after the negroes were at the stake."

Many Militiamen Resign.

Over half the members of the Statesboro guards, one of the two companies that the guards over the prisoners who were lynched, have asked for their discharges. They severely criticise Capt. Hitch, the commanding officer.

The prisoners mentioned in the article are Will Cato and Paul Reed. I will cover their lynching for murder tomorrow. Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.

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