A Mob Lynched Them

February 1, 1896


A mob stopped and lynched two black criminals who were on their way to being formally tried and sentenced.


Memphis, Tenn. Jan. 8.- Harrison Fuller and Frank Simpson, two colored men who were to have been places on trial at Lexington, Tenn., to-day for an outrage upon Mrs. Pomeroy am her sixteen-year-old daughter, white were lynched last night.
The outrage upon Mrs. Pomeroy am daughter occurred last August. Fuller and Simpson were arrested shortly afterward and positively identified b their victims. They were taken to Nashville for safe keeping, where they remained until yesterday morning The authorities supposed excitement at Lexington had subsided and the prisoners were accordingly returned for trial.
When the train arrived at Lexington it was met by a strong mob, the sheriff overpowered and the prisoners secured. They were hustled into the woods some distance from the town, where fifty shots were fired into the body of each. Prior to the outrage upon Mrs. Pomeroy and daughter, Full and Simpson were guilty of a similar crime upon another white woman.
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