Friday, March 11, 2016

August 28, 1920: Blucher Higgins and Dan Callicut

Today we learn about a lynching in Mississippi through the pages of The Atlanta Constitution (Atlanta, Georgia) dated August 29, 1920:


Corinth, Miss., August 28.—Blucher Higgins and Dan Callicut, negroes, were lynched here early today by a mob numbering between 75 and 100 men, after J. D. King, jailer, had been forced, at the point of a gun, to give up the keys to the jail. Immediately after hanging the negroes to a telegraph pole near the jail the mob dispersed quietly and no further disorder took place.

The negroes lynched are said to have escaped from a chaingang with two others yesterday, after James Whitehurst, a guard, was knocked on the head. They returned and surrendered to the sheriff. A third was captured near here late today. Whitehurst is expected to recover.

A coroner's inquest into the lynching was begun Monday. Thomas H. Johnston, county prosecuting attorney, declared "at least one" of the negroes lynched was innocent of any part in the felling of Whitehurst.

I am sorry to have been on such a long hiatus but I am back now to bring you more articles . Thank you for joining me and as always, I hope I leave you with something to ponder.

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