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1922 lynchings of Mer Rouge, Louisiana...

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December 26, 1922

THE NEW YORK TIMES, Dec. 26, 1922

* Mer Rouge, Bastrop, Moorehouse Parish, Louisiana
* Ku Klux Klan - KKK lynchings - murders

The top of the front page has a one column heading: "PRISONER HELD FOR MER ROUGE MURDERS, DENIES HE'S IN KLAN" with subheads. (see)
Twenty-eight pages, light toning, some margin wear with a small piece torn away at the top right, blank margin, generally good.

wikipedia notes: In 1922 Bastrop, Morehouse Parish, Louisiana held a festival called the "good roads bond rally." Events included a picnic and baseball game. After the event, a group of around 50 cars returned from Bastrop to Mer Rouge around 5:00 PM. At the halfway mark between the towns, the convoy was stopped by heavily armed black-robed KKK men who searched every vehicle. At gunpoint, they forced five men from their cars Watt Daniel, Thomas F. Richards, J.L. Daniel, W.C. Andrews and C.C. "Tot" Davenport from their cars. That was the last time F. Watt Daniel and Thomas F. Richards were seen alive. After being released in Collinston, Louisiana, a town 7.5 miles (12.1 km) away, Andrews and J.L. Daniel later stumbled into town with whipping injuries on their back, C.C. "Tot" Davenport returned unharmed.
Witnesses testified in later investigations that near Lake Lafourche they saw a truck filled with black-hooded men guarding two blindfolded men in the bed of the truck. The same witnesses later saw the truck return minus the two blindfolded men about 45 minutes later.

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