Monday, December 7, 2015

June 15, 1910: William Hunter

Today we learn about a lynching in Arkansas through the pages of The Washington Times (Washington, D. C.) dated June 15, 1910:


Authorities Overpowered at Star City—Crowd Works Quietly.

LITTLE ROCK,  Ark., June 15.—A mob today lynched William Hunter, a negro, at Star City, and riddled his body with bullets. The mob overpowered the authorities who had the negro in custody after his arrest in company with a white woman at Garnett. Without any uproar the negro was strung up.

No one in the town knew of the affair, save the authorities and the mob members, until the body was found.

Our next article comes from The Appeal (Saint Paul, Minnesota) dated June 18, 1910:

"Without any uproar the Negro was strung up." That's the way the headlines appeared in the daily press. It is so common nowadays that such items are scarcely noticed. In this particular case the victim was not even charged with a crime. William Hunter, of Star City, Arkansas, was lynched for being in company with a white woman who was with him willingly.

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

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