A LYNCHING IN ALABAMA : Negro Meets Summary Punishment for One Crime and Attempts Another

Source Type: article
Publisher: St. Louis Post
Place of publication: St. Louis
Date of publication: 1898-07-14
Transcript:

BIRMINGHAM, Al., July 14. At Coaling, Al., 41 miles below here, yesterday, Sid Johnson, a negro, was lynched. Tuesday afternoon the negro assaulted Mrs. Hodges, a widow, living five miles from coaling.

Yesterday the same negro appeared at the home of John Cobb, a farmer, and attempted to assault Cobb’s 16-year-old daughter. Two of the girl’s sisters came to the rescue and the negro ran off. Again the neighborhood was roused and every path was posted.

The negro was caught three miles from the Cobb place. He was carried back for identification, and the girls recognized him. The frenzied citizens then hung him to a tree, after which they literally filled his body with lead, nearly every member of the posse being armed with a pistol or shotgun.

Citation:

(1898, July). A LYNCHING IN ALABAMA : Negro Meets Summary Punishment for One Crime and Attempts Another. St. Louis Post.