Friday, August 12, 2016

November 23, 1920: Henry Jacobs

Today we learn about a lynching in Mississippi starting with an article before the lynching found in The Palm Beach Post (West Palm Beach, Florida) dated November 1, 1920:

Negro Assaults Wife of White Farmer In Mississippi

Tylertown, Miss., Oct. 31.—Following an assault upon the wife of a white farmer near here last night, a mass me[e]ting of citizens was held here today to determine what action should be taken in regard to Henry Jacobs, a negro, now in Magnolia Jail, said to have confessed to Sheriff Breeton that he was guilty of the crime. Notwithstanding the mass meeting this afternoon, feeling continued to run high.

An account of the lynching is found in The Evening Kansan-Republican (Newton, Kansas) dated November 24, 1920: 


Mob Cheated Court Lynching Negro Accused of Crime

Tyler, Miss. Nov. 24—No arrests have been made here so far in connection with the lynching yesterday of Henry Jacobs, Negro, who was taken from the court room after members of a mob had been refused admission.

Tylertown was quiet today. The body of Jacobs hanged to a tree after being dragged through the streets from the axles of an automobile, was cut down and buried.

The Negro lynched yesterday was a brother of Benjamin Jacobs lynched two weeks ago. The brothers are said to have confessed to attacks upon white women. A special term of court had been convened yesterday to try Jacobs. It was during the selection of a jury that the mob stormed the court room.

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

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