Mob Shoots And Burns A Negro

August 27, 1904

Summary

A mob shoots a black man “near the home of the white girl he had assaulted and his body dragged a distance of about a mile into this city and burned at the stake in the public square.”

Transcription

Cedartown, Ga.. Aug. 23. - Jim Clover a negro, was shot to death near the home of the white girl he had assaulted. and his body dragged a distance of about a mile into this city and burned at the stake in the public square. A mob estimates at 500 composed the shooting and burning party.
The crime for which the neuro was thus punished was that of committing a criminal assault upon Levia Reeves, the 13 year old daughter of a well known fanner.
The true story of the crime hi the most revolting that had ever been given to the public from this immediate section of the country. After the little girl had protected the negro from the attack of a large dog owned by her father, he followed her to the pasture where she was taking a cow.,caught her,choked her Into insensibility and left her bleeding and unconscious in a corn field,
Bloodhounds had been on the negro's track all day, and he was captured some distance away, carried to the home of the girl, who unhesitating identified him as her assailant, and taken by the crowd some distance' from the girl's home and shot to death. The negro confessed his guilt.Immediately the crowd took him away from the posse which had captured him and his body was riddled with bullets.
The crowd Continued to gether, and when the march hack to the town with the dead body in tow it began It appeared as if fully 1000 persons had joined the procession. By the time the Crowd reached Cedartown several hundred more had been added to the crowd. About 2000 persons witnessed the burning at best they could in the bright moonlight on the most conspicuous place on Main street.
The town is in a fever of excitement, but it is thought no trouble will follow.
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Megan Brooks

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“Mob Shoots And Burns A Negro,” Black Virginia: The Richmond Planet, 1894-1909, accessed September 22, 2018, http://blackvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/663.