Negro Lynched In Alabama For Robbing Country Store

Source Type: Newspaper
Publisher: The Wilmington Morning Star
Place of publication: Wilmington, North Carolina
Date of publication: 1916-01-26

Livingston, Ala., Jan. 25. – Richard Burton, aged 18, a negro, was lynched last night by a mob 13 miles from Boyd station, this county, and Lige Burton, his cousin, and Steve Knight, two other 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 times recently. Last night her brother discovered three negroes in the act of robbing the store again and he succeeded in capturing one, although the negro seriously cut 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 tree by the lynchers.