Body Riddled By Mob

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: The Boston Globe
Place of publication: Boston, MA
Date of publication: 3/25/1907

BODY RIDDLED BY MOB. Negro Who Tried To Assault White Woman in Alabama Shot After Confession. Florence, Ala., March 24. Cleveland Harding, the negro who attempted to assault Mrs. Ben F. Rice, near here Friday and who was driven off by Mrs. Rice’s shepherd dog, was summarily executed today by a mob of 200 or 300 persons after he had admitted his guilt. Tied to a tree with his arms up, the negro was riddled with bullets, the first shot, is is said, was fired by Rice, following which every other man in the crowd emptied his revolver at the prisoner. The negro was captured today half a mile below town and was taken before Mrs. Rice, who fainted at the sight of him. Upon recovering she fully identified her assailant and on being asked what should be done with him, she told the negro’s captors to do as they thought best.The body was left tied to the tree by the mob, the members of which made no attempt to shield their identity. The sheriff overtook the crowd before the lynching, but his appeals were unavailing.


“Body Riddled By Mob.” The Boston Globe (Boston, MA), March 24, 2020.