Negro Tied to a Tree and Riddled With Lead

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: The San Francisco Call
Place of publication: San Francisco
Date of publication: 3/25/1907

NEGRO TIED TO A TREE AND RIDDLED WITH LEAD. Husband of Woman He Had Attacked Fires the First Shot. Florence, Ala., March 24.–Cleveland Harding, a negro who attacked Mrs. Benjamin A. 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. After his capture the negro had been 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.


“Negro Tied to a Tree and Riddled With Lead.” The San Francisco Call (San Francisco, Ca), March 25, 1907.