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Item # 630632
August 8, 1925
THE SCRANTON TIMES, Pennsylvania, August 8, 1925
* Walter Mitchell Negro lynching - hanging
* Excelsior Springs, Clay County, Missouri
Page 2 has a banner heading: "Lynching Of Negro Will Not Be Investigated By Missouri Authorities" with subheads. (see) First report coverage on the depression era lynching in the Midwest.
Other news of the day. Complete in 22 pages, light toning, some margin wear, mainly along the spine, should be handled with care.
wikipedia notes: The day of August 6, 1925, proved to be one of Excelsior Springs darkest moments. This day was when the lynching of 33-year-old Walter Mitchell occurred, and he was hung from a tree beside the Wabash railroad tracks. The police cut down his body as a huge crowd of spectators gathered with disbelief. Most had come out of curiosity, not anger, many of them in disbelief at what they had witnessed. The realization of what they had seen could now never be undone, and would stay with many of them forever. Mitchell was accused of sexually assaulting a young woman and was promptly arrested and held at the Clay County Jail in nearby Liberty, Missouri. A group of men then dragged Mitchell to the scene of the crime where he was hung. Mitchell had been acquainted with purported victim. She was the girlfriend of one of Mitchell's partners in a cattle-stealing operation that took place in Clay and Platte counties during the mid-1920s. The assault allegations were a result of a falling out amongst partners. The Excelsior Springs Call newspaper reported that Mitchell was guilty of stealing cattle, but not the crime he was hung for.
Category: The 20th Century