Wednesday, March 23, 2016

March 23, 1896: Ike Pizer

Today we learn about a lynching in Louisiana through the pages of The Pittsburg Daily Headlight (Pittsburg, Kansas) dated March 24, 1896:


A Louisiana Mob Avenges an Insult to White Women.

SHREVEPORT, La., March 24.—A negro named Ike Pizer was lynched at eight o'clock yesterday morning near Emporia station, on the Shreveport & Houston railway. Sunday afternoon two young ladies were walking home on the railroad track near Emporia. On their way they were stopped by the negro Pizer, who insulted them. The black brute knocked them off the track and was frightened from further violence by the screams of the girls. The negro fled to the woods and the girls hastened home and detailed what had happened. The news spread far and wide and soon a mob of armed citizens were out on the trail of the negro. The search was continued all night and early yesterday morning his hiding place was discovered. He was at once taken in charge and lynched by the infuriated mob.

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

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