An Anti-Lynch Law

April 11, 1896

Summary

A bill is passed making officials liable for lynchings that occur when they had authority.

Transcription

Columbus, O., April 8.
The Senate to-day concurred in the Smith anti-lynching bill, and it is a law. The bill was written by Judge Albion W. Tourgee. It makes any county whose officials permit lynching to occur liable to the family of the victim for damages. The bill takes its name from Hon. H. C. Smith, a colored representative from Cleveland, who championed the measure, and is the result of several lynchings of colored men in Ohio in the last three years.
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Lower Left Quadrant

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Liam Eynan

Citation

“An Anti-Lynch Law,” Black Virginia: The Richmond Planet, 1894-1909, accessed June 24, 2018, https://blackvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/1671.