Tuesday, December 22, 2015

November, 1877: Unnamed Negro

Today we learn about a Texas lynching through the pages of The Elk County Advocate (Ridgway, Pennsylvania) dated December 6, 1877:

Lynched  by a Texas Mob.

Some three weeks ago says the Houston (Texas) Age, Deputy Sheriff Williams, of Walker county, arrested an escaped negro convict, and was carrying him back to Huntsville to place him in the penitentiary. While on the way back, the negro requested permission to stop for some purpose, and the request was granted by Deputy Williams. The handcuffs were removed from the negro, and as quick as lightning he grabbed the officer by the throat, and seized his pistol, with which he shot the officer twice in the breast, and with a knife he then cut the wounded man's throat and left him for dead.

The horse of the officer returned home without his master, which excited the suspicion of friends, and they immediately set out to ascertain what was the matter. They soon found the bleeding victim, who, despite the attempt of the negro, did not die, and from him they learned of the deadly assault.

A posse was quickly organized by the citizens, and after a long search the murderous convict was captured. Preparations were made to make short work of him. He was informed that he had to die, and if he desired to say anything to say it at once, and he then confessed that he had murdered the negro Henry Pearson at Spring Station and fled.

Pearson is the same negro for whose death Hero Dalton was tried before Justice Brashear and virtually acquitted. The negro was then strung up to a tree and hung. His body was left hanging to the tree.

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

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