Negro Tied to Tree and Shot to Death

Source Type: Newspaper
Author: n.a.
Publisher: The Rock Island Argus
Place of publication: Rock Island, IL
Date of publication: 3/25/1907

Florence, Ala., March 24-Cleveland Hardin, a negro, who attempted to assualt Mrs. Ben Rice near here Friday, and was driven off by Mrs. Rice Shepherd dog, was summarily executed today by his intended victim’s husband and about 200 sympathizers. Tied to a tree, with his arms the negro was riddled with bullets, the first shot being fired Rice, following which every man, in the crowd emptied his revolver at the prisoner. Over 1,000 shots were fired. The negro was captured half a mile below town and was taken before Mrs. Rice, who fainted at sight of him. Upon recovering, she fully identified her assailant, and, being asked at should be done; with him, told the negro’s captors to do as they thought best.


“Negro Tied to Tree and Shot to Death.” The Rock Island Argus (Rock Island, IL), March 25, 1907.