Tuesday, April 19, 2016

February, 1932: Cap Johnson

Today we learn about a lynching in Florida through the pages of the Reading Times (Reading, Pennsylvania) dated February 13, 1932:


BROOKSVILLE, Fla., Feb. 12—Discovery of an aged man's body in a pond near here today led officers to the belief that he had been lynched. They started an investigation of three other mysterious deaths.

The body was identified as that of Cap Johnson. His widow said he disappeared from home several days ago.

The body was weighted down with window sashweights and was covered with burlap.

Surprisingly the lynching lists label Johnson as an elderly Negro while the only article I found doesn't mention race. 

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

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