Husband Leads Lynchers

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Place of publication: St. Louis, MO
Date of publication: 3/25/1907

HUSBAND LEADS LYNCHERS. Fires First Shot Into Negro Who Attacked Woman. Florence, Ala., March 25.–Cleveland Harding, a negro who attacked Mrs. Ben E. Rice near here Friday, was lynched today by 300 citizens, including his intended victim’s husband. Tied to a tree the negro was riddled with bullets, the first shot being fired by Rice. Following this every man in the crowd fired his revolver at the prisoner. The negro was captured yesterday 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 withhim, told the negro’s captors to do what they thought best. Beyond confessing his guilt, the negro had nothing to say and seemed indifferent as to his fate.


“Husband Leads Lynchers.” St. Louis Post Dispatch (St. Louis, MO), March 25, 1907.