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John Anderson
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Birth: unknown
Death: Oct., 1898
Chambers County
Alabama, USA

The Randolph Leader October 1898

NEWSPAPER issue of Wednesday, October 26, 1898

Chambers County has added to her record another lynching. And preceding it was one of the most shocking crimes that has stained the annals of our neighboring county. The facts as we have learned them from reliable sources are as follows:

Charlie Holmes, a white man with a large family, had on his home place near Fredonia 15 miles southeast of Roanoke, a negro tenant named John Anderson. There had been some disagreement between them and Anderson was preparing to move away. But last Friday night when Mr. Holmes walked down the road after supper to feed his hogs he was the victim of an attack, being struck on the head twice with rocks. His murderer than sprang on him and choked out what life remained in him.

Tracks found afterward indicated that there were two of the outlaws and upon being followed the tracks led to where the dead body had been buried in the marsh of a swamp nearby. Anderson was arrested Saturday night by a posse of citizens who found him over the Georgia line and turned him over to Deputy Sheriff Henry Pate who had in the meantimne arrived at the scene of the tragedy. Mr. Pate started with a few citizens to take his prisoner to jail at Lafayette. On the way, the negro jumpred out, handcuffed and ran. Just as he jumped a stream he was struck by a load of small shot by one of the posse and though only slightly injured was then recaptured. The prisoner was committed to jail without further incident.

About 12 o'clock Saturday night a mob quietly entered Sheriff Gilder's office by raising a window, secured the keys to the several doors of the jail and unlocking one door after the other, they secured and retired with their victim. He weas taken out of town a mile, swung to a limb and sixty shots fired into him.

When captured the negro's clothing had blood on them and he admitted to having carried the body off and buried it but claimed that a white man of the community did the killing and gave him $25. to bury the body. At this writing we have not learned whether any arrests have been made. The work of the mob, stealing a march on the sheriff was remarkable, and the Sheriff's surprise was equaled by his indignation. The entire affair is to be greatly deplored.
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Created by: Jayanna Dotson
Record added: Mar 15, 2013
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