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.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Anne,
    Where did you find this account of lynching? I am the granddaughter of Ernest Allums. My grandmother was 6 months pregnant with my father when he was killed. I am trying to secure a printed copy of the newspaper article if possible.

    Thank you!
    Alicia Allums-Vaca
    itsmrsvaca2u@sbcglobal.net

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    1. I found the article I used in The Daily Free Press of Carbondale, IL. I also found articles in Nashville, TN's The Tennessean and in Brazil, IN's Brazil Daily Times. All articles were printed in the May 4, 1912 editions. I used digital copies so I am not sure where to get a printed copy, but maybe having three different sources will help you find one. Good luck!

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  2. Hi Anne,
    Where did you find this account of lynching? I am the granddaughter of Ernest Allums. My grandmother was 6 months pregnant with my father when he was killed. I am trying to secure a printed copy of the newspaper article if possible.

    Thank you!
    Alicia Allums-Vaca
    itsmrsvaca2u@sbcglobal.net

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