Monday, February 15, 2016

December 21, 1879: Two Negroes

Today we learn about the lynching of two men through the pages of The Fort Wayne Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana) dated December 22, 1879:


Macon, Ga., Dec. 22.—Two Irish lads, Edward H. Harvey and James McGee, dry goods peddlers, were murdered last Friday night by negroes near Jernigan, Russell county, Ala., and the bodies were thrown into the Chattahoochie River. The murder was discovered Saturday, when two negroes were arrested. They confessed complicity with two others. A large crowd of whites and blacks assembled Sunday afternoon at about 4 o'clock and decided to hang the two murderers. This was done forthwith. The murderers displayed sullen indifference and asked no mercy. The two others implicated have not been arrested.

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

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