Saturday, March 26, 2016

June 3, 1909: John Maxey

Today we learn about a lynching through the pages of The Coffeyville Daily Journal (Coffeyville, Kansas) dated June 3, 1909:


Negro Who Shot Circus Man of Wichita, Hung by a Mob.

Frankfort, Ky., June 3.—John Maxey, negro who shot and seriously wounded B. C. Bowers, a circus man last night, was taken from the jail here early today and lynched. The jailer resisted the mob but he was overpowered.

Maxey narrowly escaped being lynched at the time of the shooting at the hands of a big circus crowd. The shooting was result of the negro's effort to get into the tent under the flap without a ticket.

Bowers' home is in Georgia. He formerly lived in Wichita, Kan. He was shot in the abonmen. [sic]

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

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