Mob Lynches Negro For Robbing Store

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: The Atlanta Constitution
Place of publication: Atlanta, Georgia
Date of publication: 1916-01-26

Livingston, Ala., January 25- Richard Burton, aged 18, a negro, was lynched some time last night by a mob thirteen miles from Boyd Station, this county, and Lige Burton, he cousin, and Steve Knight, two other young negroes, are in jail here charged with burglary.

A store operated by Miss Kate Peale, near the scene of the lynching, has been robbed five time recently. Last night her brother disturbed three negroes in the act of ribbing the store again and he succeeded in capturing one, although the negro seriously cut and stabbed him around the head, face, and neck before being subdued.

Miss Peale tied the negro while her brother held him. A neighbor started to Livingston with Burton, but was overtaken a mile away and the negro hanged to a limb of a tree. Buckshot and pistol balls were fired into the body and the trunk of the tree by lynchers. The sheriff and coroner are investigating and say they will see that the lynchers are brought to speedy trial if possible to identify any of them.

Richard Burton gave the names of the two negroes in jail as being the ones with him in attempting to rob the Peale store.