Alabama Negro Lynched

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: The Austin Daily Herald
Place of publication: Austin, MN
Date of publication: 3/25/1907

ALABAMA NEGRO LYNCHED. Tied to a Tree and Shot to Death by a Mob. Florence, Ala. March 25 The negro Cleveland Harding who attempted to assault Mrs Ben F Rice near here Friday and who was driven off by Mrs. Rice’s shepherd dog was summarily exeeuted -today by his intended victim’s husband and some two hundred or three hundred sympathizers – Tied to a tree with his arms up the negro was riddled with bullets the first shot being fired by Rice following which it is stated every man in the crowd — emptied his revolver at the prisoner. It is stated that over 1000 shots were fired. The negro was captured today half a mile below town and was taken before Mrs. Rice who fainted at sight of him. Upon recovering she fully identified her assailant and on being asked what should be done with him told the negro’s captors to do as they thought best. Harding was taken a short distance from the Rice home where a conference of the mob leaders was held. Some said burn him but shooting was decided on. Beyond confessing his guilt the negro had nothing to say and was stolidly indifferent, it seemed, to his fate.


“Alabama Negro Lynched.” The Austin Daily Herald (Austin, MN), March 25, 1907.