Friday, December 11, 2015
May 3, 1912: Ernest Allums
Today we learn about a Louisiana lynching through the pages of The Daily Free Press (Carbondale, Illinois) dated May 4, 1912:
Minden, La., May 4.—After alarming the whole countryside by insulting telephone messages to young women, Ernest Allums, a 19-year-old negro, was hanged by a mob at Yellow Pine, near here.
After he was drawn up, his body was riddled with bullets. Then the mob, in grim irony, tied about the feet of the body the telephone over which he had sent the messages and scribbled thereon a few words of warning to possible like offenders.
The negro called up probably a dozen young women, several of them daughters of well-to-do planters, and used insulting language.
Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.