Tuesday, May 24, 2016

May, 1933: John Williams and July, 1933: Unnamed Negro

Today we learn about two lynchings, one in Georgia and the other in Mississippi, starting with an article in the May 13, 1933 edition of The Pittsburgh Courier (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania):


ST MARY'S, Ga., May 11.—(A. N. P.)—John Williams was lynched in Camden county last week. He was alleged to have stolen a hog. Seventy-five men in a mob, led by Sheriff Gartley, explained the murder on the basis of resisting arrest. Newspapers have been conspicuously silent.

The Eugene Guard (Eugene, Oregon) dated July 23, 1933:


COLUMBUS, Miss., July 22.—(AP)—Officers here today were advised that an unidentified negro was hanged by a mob at Caledonia, 15 miles north of here. The message said the negro was lynched after he was alleged to have "insulted a white woman."

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

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