|Publisher:||The Barre Daily Times|
|Place of publication:||Barre, VT|
|Date of publication:||3/25/1907|
NEGRO SHOT UP AFTER BEING TIED. Was Identified by Woman He Attempted to Assault–Affray at Florence, Alabama. Florence, Ala., March 25. 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 lynched yesterday by a mob of 200 or 300 persons. After having been 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. Over 1,000 shots were fired. Harding was taken a short distance from the Rice home where a conference of the mob leaders was held. Some favored burning him, but shooting was decided on. Beyond confessing his guilt, the negro had nothing to say and seemed indifferent to his fate. His 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.
“Negro Shot Up After Being Tied.” The Barre Daily Times (Barre, VT), March 25, 1907.