|Publisher:||The Troy Messenger|
|Place of publication:||Troy, AL|
|Date of publication:||3/27/1907|
Negro Hung Near Florence Florence, Ala., March 24. The negro, Cleveland Hardin, who attempted to assault Mrs. Ben F. Rice near here Friday, and who was driven off by Mrs. Rice’s shepherd dog, was summarly executed today by his intended victim’s husband and some 200 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 it said, every man in the crowd emptied his revolver at the prisoner. It is said that oyer 1,000 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.
“Negro Hung Near Florence.” The Troy Messenger (Troy, AL), March 27, 1907.